Charity speed-dating night with St Albans author

PUBLISHED: 14:12 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 03 March 2017

Jason Cook with Mayor of Hertsmere Pete Rutledge.

Jason Cook with Mayor of Hertsmere Pete Rutledge.


A true crime author will be holding a charity speed dating and party night in St Albans this weekend.

Author Jason Cook, who has written books based on his own life as a gangster’s runner, will be holding the event at The Slug and Lettuce to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

The event, at 7pm on Saturday, March 4, is hosted by Jason’s production company The Way Forward Film Productions and will raise awareness of his 2017 book launch and the film which is being made of his books. There will also be special guest appearances by international hip hop performer Cream and Jazzy Jim from ITV’s ‘Deals, Wheels and Steals’.

Jason, a recovering drug addict, became a gangster’s runner to fund his habit and started writing while in prison. His books include ‘There’s No Room For Jugglers In My Circus’, ‘The Gangster’s Runner’ and ‘A Nice Little Earner’, which is being published later this year. He has also written a children’s book, and the fifth and final installment of his crime series.

A father of four, Jason now works as a bouncer and helps out in drug workshops and in the fight against drug and gun crime.

Tickets are £15 per person and include free champagne and a buffet. Speed-dating is optional.

To buy a ticket click here.

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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