David has been a shelf-stacker, a library assistant, a call-centre worker, a civil servant and a printer, so obviously it was only a matter of time before he tried his hand at writing and illustrating children’s books. He joined the world-renowned Children’s Book Illustration MA at Anglia Ruskin CSA. It turns out he actually found it a lot harder than all of the above, but ultimately a lot more rewarding.
Whilst on the course, David created his first picture book, Have you seen Elephant? He won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children’s book illustration at his degree show and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
Have you seen Elephant? was published by Gecko Press in October 2015, and his next picture book as author-illustrator, Fergus Barnaby Goes on Holiday will be published by Hodder in June 2017. Dave is currently working on Troll Stroll, written by Elli Woollard, which will be published by Nosy Crow in July 2017.
Dave lives in Kettering with his toughest critics: partner Jo, son Teddy and cat Sofia.