Thursday, 16 March 2017

Gosforth Community Book Festival 2017

Hi folks!

I hope all's well, and that those of you taking part in the recent World Book Day celebrations had a good one. I'm almost at the end of my current WBD 'tour', so a big shout out to everyone I met over the past couple of weeks—you guys ROCK!

This is just a quick post to tell you about a public event I'm taking part in this weekend. If you live anywhere hear Newcastle, and feel like some book-based fun on Saturday, why not come along to the GOSFORTH COMMUNITY BOOK FESTIVAL!

There will be some great authors appearing, including Andy Briggs, Chris Callaghan, Tom Palmer, Hannah Russell, Holly Sterling, and me!

As well as the author events, there will be activities throughout the day—arts and crafts, creative writing, plus the chance to purchase books from the Seven Stories Book Shop and get them signed by the authors. I did hear rumours of tea and cake too . . .

The festival is at Newcastle School for Boys, The Grove, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1NH on Saturday 18th March, and runs from 10am to 3pm, with talks staggered throughout the day. Entry is FREE!

It would be great to see you there.

Cheers for now,

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Authors for Refugees Auction

Hi folks!

Just a quick one to let you know about the Authors for Refugees Auction currently running at

It's live now, and will stay open for bids until 8PM MONDAY (26 Sept). 

There are some amazing items up for grabs, from signed books to manuscript reviews and author school visits. And most importantly, it's all to raise money for a very important cause.

Thanks for your support.

Cheers for now,

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Charlie Merrick's Misfits and more at Brentwood Children's Literary Festival

Hey folks! If anyone lives near Brentwood and is looking for summer holiday activities for the youngsters, check out what's on at the Brentwood Children's Literary Festival (22-30 July). Full details here.

If you're really stuck for something to do, I'll be at Brentwood Theatre on Thursday 28th, to talk about writing, drawing and how to survive should you meet a bear! 
The event starts at 3pm and tickets are only £3 per person. 

It would be great to see you there!


Monday, 29 February 2016

On The Road for World Book Day 2016

Dave Cousins VW Camper Van

I'm heading out on the road again for a bunch of events around World Book Day. Wish I still had this van—and the hair! 

For more World Book Day 2016 info check out the official site.

Plus the special World Book Day Teen Fest events on the 2nd and 3rd of March.

Have a good one y'all. Maybe see you on my travels.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Season's Greetings!

Thanks for all your support this year folks!
Enjoy the holiday, and all the best for a happy, healthy 2016.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Charlie Merrick's Misfits at The Book Nut Bookshop, Billericay

I've been invited along to the Book Nut Bookshop in Billericay on Saturday (28th November 2015). 

At 1pm I'll be under the Story Tree to talk a bit about Charlie Merrick's Misfits, before reading a couple of extracts, answering questions and signing books. 
The event is FREE and open to the public. Do come along and say hello if you're in the area.

The Book Nut can be found in Studio 54, Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD.

Friday, 20 November 2015

#fridayreads: Phil Earle and Hounslow 2016 Teen Reads Book Award Shortlist

A veritable shelf load of book recommendations this week!

On Tuesday I was invited to speak at the Hounslow 2016 Teen Reads Book Award launch event at the Paul Robeson Theatre. I had a great morning chatting with staff and students from six local secondary schools before the shortlist was announced.

Hounslow 2016 Teen Reads Book Award Shortlist

Between now and March, students will read and discuss the six shortlisted books before casting their votes to decide the winner. All the books are standalone titles, written by UK authors, a couple of which I've already read and enjoyed. There's lots of variety on the list and a couple in particular with a really interesting premise. I'm hoping to head down to my local library this weekend to see if I can get copies.

This weeks #fridayreads — Phil Earle!

I've been travelling a fair bit during the past two weeks, doing events up and down the country—lots of fun and also a good opportunity to catch up on some reading. Saving Daisy by Phil Earle kept me company for most of last week and, to be honest, the miles flew by. I'm a huge fan of Phil's stuff, he manages to tackle difficult subjects with honesty and great warmth. Check out any of the titles in the picture—you won't regret it.


Happy reading!

Cheers, Dave.