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!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lunchboox Reading Group Goes Wild!

This bundle of Charlie Merrick style Go!Wild profiles from the LUNCHBOOX Reading Group at St. Christopher's School in Oxford really made my day. 

Great work guys—thanks very much!

I'll get my answers to your questions back to you as quickly as I can. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy finding out how Charlie and the gang cope with surviving all alone in the wild!

Best wishes, Dave


Charlie Merrick's Misfits in I'm a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here! is out now, published by Oxford University Press.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Grampian Children's Book Award 2015 & Aberdeenshire Schools Tour

Self portrait on Stonehaven beach.

Back in the attic after a fantastic week in Scotland for the Grampian Children's Book Award, plus a tour of schools in and around Aberdeenshire. It's the third year I've been lucky enough to be shortlisted for the award (last year Waiting for Gonzo actually won!) and my third Scottish tour. I always have a great time visiting 'The Shire' and this year was one of the best yet.

GCBA posters by students at Bridge of Don Academy.

The GCBA award ceremony at Aberdeen University on Wednesday was attended by nearly six hundred staff and students from schools all over the region, some of whom had travelled long distances to be there. Cathy MacPhail was a great host, and I was honoured to be sharing the stage with her, and fellow shortlisted authors, Kevin Brooks and James Dawson

The students had all read the books, written reviews, drawn posters (see pic above) and made book trailers for the shortlisted titles. Congratulations to James Dawson, whose chiller thriller Say Her Name was voted the winner. 

As always at these events, it was really inspiring to be in a room with so many enthusiastic young readers (and writers). Respect and thanks to the students and staff at all the schools, and to the GCBA team for making it all possible.

My GCBA books haul, including the winning title "Say Her Name".

I'd also like to take the opportunity to say a few thank yous to the staff and students at the schools I visited on my tour. S1, Gill and Liz at Bridge of Don Academy, who kicked things off on Tuesday morning; Jan, Kerry and Linda, and S1 students at Torry; Mandy, Karen, Jenny, Sarah and S2 students—who produced some great work during our workshop—at Northfield Academy. Thanks to Mandy and S3 at Ellon Academy; Katie, Kerry and S1 at The Gordon Schools, and Jackie at Alford. Finally, thanks to Jill and her team at Mearns in Laurencekirk, plus a special thanks to Daniel who was at the workshop I ran during my first visit to Mearns in 2013. (see pic) I was really chuffed that he took the time to stop by in the library to say hello.

Daniel (far left), me, and Mearns' students in our younger days!

At the risk of the thanks being longer than the tour, much appreciation also to Marion for organising EVERYTHING, and to Liz, Jan, Katrina, Marion, Katie, Jackie and Jill for taking turns to drive the tour bus—thanks all for your company. Apologies if I've missed anyone.

When visiting places, I like to sample the local cuisine.
I didn't actually try the deep fried Mars, but the fish supper was grand!

As was this ROWIE. Thanks to Jan at Torry for
treating me to this traditional Aberdeenshire delicacy.