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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.

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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 [...]

Poems from the Oak Room

In November I was invited to read from my new book at the Fox and Hounds in Cattistock, as a guest at the celebratory launch of Poems From the Oak Room. Annie Freud (pictured) chairs a writing group that meets regularly at this terrific Dorset pub, and they’ve just published an anthology of their work with [...]

Bristol Poetry Festival

I’ll be launching my second collection, Rain Rider, at the Arnolfini on Sunday 6 October, reading alongside Rachael Boast and Louis de Bernières.

The Echoing Gallery

I’ll be reading with the other contributors at the launch of this book on Wednesday 2 October, from 7.30pm, at the Orangery, Goldney Hall, Lower Clifton Hill. Edited by Rachael Boast, and beautifully produced by Redcliffe Press, the book is an anthology of ekphrastic poems inspired by artworks in the city of Bristol. Some take [...]

Poetry and a Pint

I’ll be reading alongside Andrew Jamison for Richard Carder’s ‘Poetry and a Pint’ evening at St James’s Wine Vaults, on Monday 16 September. Readings from 8pm. Pints whenever you like.

Rain Rider

My second collection is due for release in November 2013. Here’s a first draft of the cover, designed by Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing.

Perfuming Poems

Here’s the moment I first smelt the perfume designed by Elizabeth Moores (pictured left), founder of Papillon Perfumery, in response to a poem called ‘My Year of Culture’ from my first collection. The poem depicts a pair of lovers in a variety of increasingly baroque cultural settings, as though trying to acquire refinement, something to [...]

Bristol Poetry Institute Jamison and Carson

On Friday 22 March my good friend and colleague, Andrew Jamison, will be reading from his first collection, Happy Hour (Gallery, 2012), alongside Ciaran Carson, at Bristol Poetry Institute. This is one in a forthcoming series of new and splendid events being organised by the Institute. It’ll be a great evening, so do come along. Keep a [...]