Writer and broadcaster
David is the Director of Durham-based Truly Awesome Marketing Ltd and the owner of the England’s North East website. He is a writer, journalist, historian and communications professional with solid roots in the North East of England.
He has worked as a newspaper columnist, researcher and as the editor of several magazines. David runs two popular websites and is the author of around 50 books covering history with a special interest in the North East.
The England’s North East site began life as a history website, described by former Guardian Deputy Editor, David Mckie as “entertaining and erudite”. This is accompanied by a smaller sister site covering Yorkshire at yorkshire-england.co.uk In 2015-2016 the North East website was redeveloped as a regional portal and hub promoting all aspects of the region’s business and culture though it still maintains the original history pages within the site.
RADIO AND TV
David regularly broadcasts. His TV appearances include Ant and Dec’s History of Tyneside (ITV), The Face of Britain (Channel 4 – Neil Oliver), The One Show (BBC1 – Phil Tuffnel), Northern Eye (ITV), Inside Out (ITV – Helen Skelton), North East Tonight (ITV – Mike Neville), Wayward Women (ITV), How they Built Britain (History Channel – Adam Hart Davis), Martina Cole’s Lady Killers (ITV), Sky Sports Sunday (in prelude to Sunderland v Newcastle match) and Countrywise (BBC1 – Bettany Hughes). He has featured in many radio broadcasts including appearances on BBC Radio 4, Five Live, Canadian radio, Australian radio, BBC Tees and Radio Newcastle.
David is a regular public speaker at a wide variety of organisations and venues including book launches, literary festivals, schools, colleges and professional societies. His speaking style is described as lively, engaging, informative, humorous and entertaining.
PUBLICATIONS AND INTERESTS
David likes to spend his spare time cycling in the local countryside or enjoying time with his daughter. His interests include photography, eating out and travel. David enjoys all forms of communication in a professional environment and is passionate about the economic development of the region.
David’s publications include The Millennium History of North East England hailed by the then Prime Minister. In his twenties David owned his own publishing business, set up and backed by the Prince’s Youth Business Trust and he personally presented some of his early publications to the Prince of Wales.
Born in Durham, as a child he lived in the railway station house at Chester-le-Street and once worked on the railway at Beamish Open Air Museum. At the Gateshead National Garden Festival in 1990 he gave tours to visitors including foreign ministers, company directors, school children from Chernobyl, local mayors and other dignitaries.
For a time in the late 1980s David played as a drummer (not a particularly good one) in a North East punk-folk-rock band called The Whisky Priests. He has performed as an actor with Durham City Theatre and with the Durham Shakespeare Group in a host of different roles.
With an interest in tourism, David has hosted and performed humorous guided tours for a national hotel conference with actors portraying characters from history and he has worked as a key member of the northumbriatrails tourism team.
For more than a decade David worked for The Northern Echo newspaper as a columnist and as the editor of a number of magazine publications. For a time David worked for a Durham-based marketing team as a magazine editor for people with disabilities, launching and managing the publication project from scratch through a consultative process and receiving national accolades.
David has worked at the forefront of a number of publishing projects including work instigated for the children’s author Terry Deary, for the former Sunderland AFC chairman Niall Quinn and for the former One North East chairman, Paul Callaghan.
In addition to his publications covering North East England, David has authored and co-authored books covering London, Scotland and Liverpool as well as titles on popular culture and current affairs.
David can be contacted through trulyawesome.co.uk
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