About Douglas Bence

Douglas on a bridge over the Ex

Douglas Bence was born in London, but has been working in or from Cornwall for nearly 30 years, as a journalist and teacher. A long career in national newspapers included the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, but he left full-time journalism in 2008 after four years with the on-line financial website Citywire.

After working for tyrants like David English and Robert Maxwell, his current webmaster and marketing work with his wife’s Natural Fibre Company is relatively painless. He still teaches part-time at Cornwall College and the WEA, has had three books published and is working on another two. As well as hosting a local radio programme on jazz, he has been involved with TV documentaries for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, but won’t talk about his guitar playing.


13 Responses

  1. Rosalind Levine
    Rosalind Levine
    April 8, 2013 at 15:22 · Reply

    I’m a producer at Crackit, a London-based TV production company, and I was wondering about a filmed interview with you for an autumn Channel 5 documentary on Dennis Nilsen.

  2. Polly & Tony
    Polly & Tony
    November 2, 2013 at 17:06 · Reply

    Please may we buy four copies of your book to give as Xmas presents. We’re both enjoying it very much. Polly & Tony Cornah-Blacker Delighted! Costs sent by email D

  3. Louise Bence
    Louise Bence
    April 30, 2015 at 20:58 · Reply

    Hi doug wondered if we were related? I’m from bath Bence is quite rare?? Ha

    1. dbence
      May 2, 2015 at 19:02 · Reply

      The Bences I’m descended from came from Batheastern.
      My great great grandfather and his brother ‘borrowed’ a coach and four, which took them to Newbury and they walked the rest of the way to London where they became builders.
      Unfortunately I think my antecedents were responsible for some of the appalling backs in Bath.
      We’ve traced the family back a fair way, but it’s difficult as the first born was always William, so Bill Bences galore.
      Thanks for your interest.

  4. Hein Bence
    Hein Bence
    September 17, 2015 at 12:20 · Reply

    I am in the process of pulling together the Bence family lines from the UK, Australia, America and South Africa (where I am from). I currently live in London.

    Could you please let me know your contact details. It would be great to share insights.

    Hein Bence

  5. Maxine
    February 10, 2016 at 12:24 · Reply

    Hi Douglas,

    I am looking for a creative writing tutor/facilitator for veterans at our recovery centre in Plymouth. Might you be interested? Or know of anyone potentially who may be?

    Kind regards

    1. dbence
      February 10, 2016 at 12:37 · Reply

      Writing as therapy I’ve looked at before and may be interested. I also have other names.

  6. Greg
    March 27, 2016 at 11:30 · Reply


    I am writing from Emporium Productions. We are making a programme on Dennis Nilsen for CBS Reality and would like you to contribute.

  7. Craig Phillips
    May 18, 2016 at 21:07 · Reply

    We are working on promotional material for Conjuring 2. Would be available for an interview? We have completed one with Graham Morris and having you talk about the incident would be of great value. I am a producer working for a vendor producing material for Warner Brothers.

  8. K knell
    K knell
    August 29, 2018 at 07:09 · Reply

    Hi Douglas
    Just though I would send you a message
    I think you should send some rain over we need it,
    Bucket of it , hope you and your family are ok
    I am now 86 and sill alive taken lots of photos
    I shall send you some I have a cello but I am no miso
    All the best ken.

    1. dbence
      September 5, 2018 at 14:21 · Reply

      Great to hear from you.
      Not much rain to spare as we’ve had the warmest summer since 1976 when you were still a boy.

  9. K knell
    K knell
    December 29, 2018 at 00:45 · Reply

    Douglas if you wish to ring him he has Alzheimer’s
    I did speak to him he is ok on the phone.
    Hope you had a nice Christmas are you making any changes for the new year.
    The weather here bloody hot I don’t like it 35 + all the best to all your family…

  10. K knell
    K knell
    December 29, 2018 at 00:50 · Reply

    Brian Hart’s no is. 00116444765987

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