Albert Francis Cross (1863–1940) wrote under the pen name of A. F. Cross. He was a noted poet, playwright, journalist and author and the founder of several theatres and newspapers in the English Midlands area.
His most popular works include several books of verses and poetry, specifically "Songs and Sonnets", "Virginia" and "Charnwood Poems", inspired by a series of walks through Charnwood Forest. Charnwood Poems was published in 1928. He was also the author of several plays including the musical comedy "Dainty Diana".
Born in Moor Lane, Loughborough, on May 9 1863, Albert Francis Cross began his career as a school master but moved into journalism after contributing to the Leicester Advertiser. In 1895 he became the editor of the Nuneaton Observer.
In 1900 he formed the Nuneaton Theatre and Entertainment Company and became manager of the Prince of Wales Theatre, Nuneaton. He also built the Empire Skating Rink in Nuneaton and managed Rugby Theatre, Rugby.
In 1906 Mr Cross bought the Nuneaton Chronicle from its founder F.D. Robertson. He remained proprietor and editor up to his death in 1940.
In 1930 he founded the George Eliot Fellowship.
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