Monday, 8 September 2014

Gareth Davies - Author

I’m Gareth Davies, author, presenter, poet, storyteller, compare.

I am originally from Barry, South Wales and the Welsh landscape and mindset still features in much of my writing. For details of my ELT career click here.

Every workday I write and publish a short story on my blog. These stories are really for me to keep my hand in at writing, to keep my brain busy and to collect ideas, but I hope they make the reader smile, cry or raise an eyebrow. 

I also write observations, non-fiction and poems which have been described as ‘often like little jokes, economical with words’ and 'very moving insights'. 

I have an occasional project called Topical Poems, where I write a poem based on that day's news story. These are humorous, rhyming verses, written to be read in a Max Boyce voice. To watch and read them click here.

I've also recently done Jill Edward's Weekend Stand Up Comedy Course in Brighton and I am working on a stand-up routine. 

As well as being a writer I've worked in English Language Teaching for over twenty years. I've written for different educational publishers including OUP, CUP, International House and the British Council. For details of my ELT work click here.

In 2014  I undertook  a project called 100 Days of Grumpiness. Which I suppose is a little diary entry about something that has made me grumpy each day for 100 days. The problem is, while I am trying to be grumpy, it seems to make my readers laugh. These are published daily. 

In 2015 I ran a short project called Czech Hipster Coffee which is a cafe review blog. I have called these non-reviews because food and drink is the least of my concerns. The results can be found here.

Also I have my novels. Maggie’s Milkman was released on Kindle and Smashwords in November 2013. It is a light-hearted story about the South Wales Valleys in the 1980s. My second novel Extraordinary Rendition, released in 2015 is about a man mysteriously taken from his bed in the middle of the night by police.

Recently I have responded to requests to grade some of my stories to make them available to English Language learners. The results are here. Although I have suspended this project at the moment I hope to come back to it in the future. 

To see a list of where my stories have been published and where I have performed click here

To watch a selection of my storytelling click here.

Finally I compere spoken word events and conferences. 

I hope you enjoy my output as much as I enjoy making it. 

Feel free to get in touch with any questions. You can contact me via comments on this blog, via email, on  my Facebook page or on twitter - @garethcz.

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