Based in Keswick, Cumbria, I run drama, fiction & creative writing workshops for all ages.

"Dave does it yet again, six brilliant Greenaway drama sessions in our Wakefield primary schools. Six fun, engaging, confidence-boosting workshops which really brought the books to life....Dave gives huge added value to the shadowing process. Two of our teachers saw children do things they'd never thought they would see; the power of drama, the power of Dave!"

Wendy Mitchell, Senior Cultural Officer, Wakefield Schools Library Service

Latest News ~ June 2015 


I am currently taking bookings for Bookbuzz workshops for the Autumn term - these are drama-based and can be ahead of choices to help pupils choose their title or after delivery of the books in order to encourage wider reading.


 Patron of Reading / Writer in Residence

I am Writer in Residence at four different schools:

Cockermouth School, Cumbria
Canon Slade School, Bolton
Grange Technology College, Bradford
Fernhill School, Farnborough, Hampshire

Once you reach 20 hours of my time on the WIR package, you get the next 5 free. Find out more here:

I  am currently Patron of Reading at Ripon Grammar School having completed my previous tenure at Titus Salt School in Bradford. For more about the scheme, go to

"We would like to thank you for the time you have spent with us. Having you as our PoR has given real shape and validity to the LRC events programme throughout your year with us.  This has meant tangible support from teaching staff and, most importantly, positive outcomes for students.  Along the way we have had a huge amount of fun developing some very creative projects (and some very unforgettable experiences!)."

 Chrissie Hunter, Learning Resource Centre Manager, Titus Salt School.



 Just Published!

My co-authored Year 5 literacy book was published by Hodder in April 2015 


"Great fun, and a fantastic introduction to the 'Booked Up' choices. I would certainly recommend your easy presenting style, along with an excellent 'command' of the groups to any other schools."

Sue Johnson, Leader of Progress - Foundation Stage, Glossopdale Community College.


If you're ready to discuss requirements or to make a booking, just Email me and I will telephone or email you back as soon as I can.

If you've not worked with me before, browse the 'Workshops' pages to get a better idea. For  more detailed notes, try 'Dave Days in Detail'



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Read a report with photos about a workshop at Don Valley, written by Lyn Hopson.

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