David resents the fact that he was not raised by wolves and was therefore robbed of a good story to tell at parties. He turned to fiction to compensate for his unremarkable existence.
He achieved 1st class honours in BA Creative Writing and MA Writing for Children at The University of Winchester, where he went on to teach on the BA Creative Writing course for three years. He hopes that one day all of his students will surpass his own achievements.
David’s debut YA novel, Panther, was published by Corsair (Little, Brown) in May 2015, to rave reviews, and has now been nominated for the Carnegie medal. Panther is a funny, touching, and occasionally unsettling coming-of-age story, which deals candidly with the stigmas and misunderstandings surrounding depression.
He is the Deputy Editor for gapyear.com and a former freelance games journalist, contributing to review sites including IGN, Rock Paper Shotgun and Polygon. He has been published as a poet in journals such as Agenda and Seam. David spends most of his time thinking about biscuits.
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