David Briggs is an English writer and teacher.

He received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors, and his first collection, The Method Men (Salt, 2010) was shortlisted for the London Festival New Poetry Prize. His second collection, Rain Rider was released in November 2013.

In the hours between sitting down to write he is Head of English at the Grammar School in Bristol.

Learn more about David and his work here.

Writing Process Blog Tour

The very fine poet, and person, Julia Bird, tagged me as part of this writing process blog tour: four questions, to which I’ve responded as honestly as I know how. You can read Julia’s own responses here: and Hanna Silva’s (also tagged by Julia) here: mine follow below: 1. What am I working on? My [...]

Bristol Festival of Nature 2014

I’ll be reading a commissioned poem for the Bristol Festival of Nature’s Biosphere event at The Watershed, on Bristol’s harbour front, on Friday 13 June, from 7.45pm. Lorna Goodison (pictured) is headlining the show, and I’m excited to be reading with her. If you click on the picture of Lorna, you’ll find the festival website, [...]

Sabotage Review

There’s a review by Angelina Ayers of my second collection, Rain Rider (Salt, 2013) at Sabotage Reviews. Click on the front cover of my book (left) to read it.

All About Angola

I’m reading a commissioned poem about Angola on this Resonance FM show, The News Agents. There’s an interview and reading from about 7.29, but there’s some good music before that, and a fascinating interview with Lara Pawson about her new book on recent political history in Angola afterwards. If you’ve got an hour, it’s a [...]

Bristol Calling

I’ll be reading from Rain Rider at The Poetry Place in Covent Garden, on Thursday 6 February, with Bristol-based poets Rachael Boast and Patrick Brandon. Rachael will also be reading from her second collection, Pilgrim’s Flower (Picador, 2013), and Patrick will be reading the excellent new work he’s been placing recently with publications such as Magma, Poetry London and Best British Poetry 2013. [...]

Topping & Company

I’m delighted to be reading from Rain Rider at Topping & Company in Bath early in the New Year. It’s one of the very best bookshops around, and they run a fantastic selection of author events. I hope you can come on Thursday 23 January. The reading will start at 8.00pm. Click on the image for [...]

The Echoing Gallery Echoes On

In late November we reconvened for a second launch of the ekphrastic anthology The Echoing Gallery (Redcliffe Press, 2013). This provided an opportunity to read for some contributors who hadn’t been able to make the first launch and, so, this time we were able to hear Jane Griffiths’s response to Ben Nicholson’s St Ives – Oval [...]

Pop-up Shop

Right at the tail-end of November I read from Rain Rider in Bath with my colleague and friend Andrew Jamison. A select audience, admittedly, but a stunning venue: it was a vain but delightful pleasure to hear our voices echoing about the vaulted spaces of the Walcot Chapel Gallery. It’s a great space, and on this occasion [...]