Author profile: David Smith

David Smith was brought up on a farm in North Yorkshire close to where he still lives. Immediately after school he entered a life-long career in international freight. On his extensive travels he jotted down his experiences and these, with his childhood background, colour his work.

He published his first pamphlet “Corset Pink Walls” during the 80’s but it was not until after he retired and gained a First Class honours in English Literature followed by an MA in Creative Writing that he began to write seriously.

His second book “Unnatural Workings” was published in 2011 and followed in 2016 with “The Stencil Room”. The natural world and its concerns are prevalent in his work together with reflections on love and relationships, and his poems often move between the public and the private. He is a member of several writing groups and leads Creative Writing groups locally.

His poems are often concise and  “interweave the varied and numerous antagonisms inherent in lived experience”-  Bob Beagrie, Lecturer Teesside University.