Recently Dave’s energies have gone into promoting online events through Radio Wildfire but he has promoted numerous series of live events, some of which are listed below. The latest of these is a regular monthly night of poetry, live literature and music at the Black Country Living Museum called The Works’ Canteen. He has also planned and run Extreme Writing Workshops for a number of festivals. These include workshops overnight in a working whistle factory in conjunction with Fierce!; outdoors in rural Shropshire at midwinter; Inkarceration, held all night in the dungeon of Warwick Castle for Warwick Words; and The Dark Write of the Sole, an all-night perambulation over Malvern Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival. View examples of Extreme Writing Workshops
Previous promotions include:
TalkShow: a magazine on legs. In 2004, Dave was invited by mac, Edgbaston, to develop a different kind of live literature event. TalkShow was a live literary magazine where interviews and performance sat side by side, and included music, improvisation, audience participation and projection. It ran at mac until 2006, and toured.
Spouting Forth – the monthly spoken word venue begun while Dave was literature development worker for Sandwell Libraries
Ho Bloody Ho! – together with Simon Pitt, a monthly alternative cabaret and comedy promotion in various large pub rooms in Birmingham.
The Speakeasy – also at mac, Edgbaston, this alternative cabaret mixed poets and puppet shows, ranters and stand up.
Dudley Poetry Centre – a regular monthly venue grew from a local poems and pints night, by way of one off concert performances with artists such as Adrian Mitchell, Adrian Henri, Nigel Mazlyn Jones etc., to one of the earliest promotions of a literary based new variety outside London. Described in an Arts Council annual report as ‘a euphemism for a pub upstairs room’.