absurd tales of the trivial and mundane tales of the absurd” Ear Meat, Canada.

These poems made me cry, shocked me, made me guffaw out loud” Ad-lib, W’ton.

Dave Reeves works as a writer, performance poet, blues musician, community artist, editor, publisher and presenter on the internet radio station Radio Wildfire.

He was born in Netherton in the heart of the Black Country, an industrial region in central England, UK, whose distinctive dialect features in his work.

He performs his own writing with self-accompaniment on harmonica, melodeon and other instruments, and collaborates with a range of artists in performance and public art. He regularly promotes live events and publishes in a variety of media.

One of the first writers in the UK to become involved in using writing in primary healthcare, he coordinated Lapidus Quarterly, the journal for the national organisation of Literary Arts in Personal Development.

In 1988 he founded The Moving Finger, a peripatetic creative writing group delivering workshops and creating publications throughout the UK. Pioneering the creation of pamphlets as part of their writing workshops, allowing participants and funding bodies to have a record of the event, they later created complete books as part of their Bookendz projects – weeklong residencies with communities – and published them under the slogan ‘from pen to printer in five days’.

Dave was editor of Raw Edge Magazine, an Arts Council England funded publication of new writing which distributed 16,000 free copies per issue, between 1995 and 2008. He is currently poet-in-residence at the Black Country Living Museum.

Photograph of Dave with DJ Derrick D
and writer Maeve Clarke by Owen Dunn