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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.

IT Revisited

  The other poem I placed with IT is my commissioned piece for the News Agents show about Angola. Much as I enjoyed having my reading of the poem recorded for radio, it was good to find a place for the text as well. The poem’s called ‘Newsworthy’, and is accompanied by a terrific montage [...]


Last year I placed a couple of poems with International Times (IT). This legendary newspaper of resistance, launched at a Pink Floyd gig at The Roundhouse in 1966, was revived as an online journal in 2008, featuring a rich and eclectic mix of journalism, new writing, features, art and polemic. This poem uses Pastor Martin [...]

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 [...]