AUTHOR’S SCI FI TAKE ON KING ARTHUR
Cameraman turned author has published a sci-fi take on the legend of King Arthur
AN AUTHOR who only turned to writing after falling off a ladder is set to release a science fiction take on the legend of King Arthur at the end of the month.
Trevor Wrenn has more than 50 years of experience working in the film business and also celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday.
Mr Wrenn, who lives in Lane End, started his career at Beaconsfield Studios as a camera assistant, then moved on to Pinewood, Shepperton Studios, MGM, Disney, Warner Brothers and others.
At some point in his career he found working on TV commercials was more profitable and much less stressful than feature films, so switched and ended up with his own commercials company where he was a director cameraman.
But Mr Wrenn decided that after 50 years in the business he had reached ‘the end of his working life’.
The catalyst for the change was falling off a ladder at the age of 70.
His recovery gave him time contemplate the risks of his job, and gave him plenty of time to write.
On deciding to retire from the film business he took a creative writing course at Ewert House College of Further Education, Summertown, Oxford.
“Writers like to write a fun story sometimes,” he said of his new novel.
“I’ve been taking a class at a school in Oxford and it was about books for young adults, and they said you could do this.
“I couldn’t remember many books from my childhood, and the only story I could remember was King Arthur, but it’s a well established story – you’re not going to be original, so when I started writing it I wrote it from a science fiction point of view.
“If you try it from a sci fi point of view you can say it did happen but it happened in a different way.” Mr Wrenn said the Arthurian legend is mysterious and interesting, as no one can determine what exactly happened and whether it is true or not. He added: “I really enjoyed writing it, it’s fun and you could make stuff up. It was something that I thought kids would like because it’s all beatings and battlings.”
Enjoying his second career, Mr Wrenn added: “I’m retired, my wife is retired, we live in a beautiful home in the country – it’s just lovely.”
Arthurian author: Trevor Wrenn and his latest novel (inset)