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.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Gosforth Book Festival and Beyond!

Gosforth Book Festival Poster

I'm looking forward to heading out on the road again for a number of events up and down the country—stopping off in Cambridge, Newcastle, Corby, Wellingborough and London. 

On Saturday (17th October) I'll be taking part in the Gosforth Community Book Festival. The event runs from 10am to 3pm, and is being hosted by Newcastle School for Boys in Gosforth, NE3. 

As well as a great line up of authors giving talks and book signings, there will be arts and crafts activities, Flowing Tales creative writing workshops, plus the chance to purchase books from the Seven Stories book shop, and—most important of all—a cafe running throughout the day! 

All events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and Admission is FREE! So, if you're in the area, please come along—it would be great to see you!

Here's a quick outline of the programme of events:

AUTHORS (Times listed are the start of each session)
Hannah Russell—all day (The Hall)
Tom Palmer—10.30 & 12.30 (Room 6)
Simon Bartram—10.30 & 12.30 (Room 18)
Jason Beresford—11.30 & 1.30 (Room 18)
Dave Cousins—11.30 & 1.30 (Room 6)
Dan Smith—2.00 (Room 5)

ACTIVITIES (open all day)
Seven Stories Bookshop and Book Signing (The Hall)
Flowing Tales Writing Workshop (I.T. Room)
Arts & Crafts (The Hall)
Coffee Shop (The Hall)

For more information please 
or telephone 0191 255 9300.

Hope to see you there!