Born in East London, Daniel now lives in Yorkshire, in a house built from the stones of a ruined castle. He lives with his wife, son, their bearded dragon and one-eyed cat!
Daniel is the author of The Firebird Chronicles series for children aged 9-12: Rise of the Shadow Stealers (2013), The Nemesis Charm (2016), and Through the Uncrossable Boundary (released November 2018), published by Our Street Books. He is the recipient of the Taner Baybars award (2016) for original fiction in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Magical Realism, awarded by the Society of Authors Authors’ Foundation.
Daniel is currently working on a project called, Bea’s Witch – the story of an adopted girl who runs away from home and hides in the cave of famous Yorkshire Prophetess, Mother Shipton. While there, Bea encounters Ma Shipton’s ghost, who helps her to come to terms with her past and learn how to re-write her future. The project is part of an MA in Creative Writing and Drama in Education at Leeds Beckett University, where Daniel is also part of the Storymakers Company, a group of professional artists and educators seeking to develop creative, artistic, child centred learning opportunities for young people through story making in Educational and Community settings. Daniel is also starting a PhD at the University in the autumn.
For the past two years, Daniel has been Author in Residence at Beckfoot Upper Heaton School in Bradford, as part of First Story. He is also part of the Leeds Big Bookend Festival team, which he chaired from 2013-16 and is on the committee for the Society of Authors, Authors North.
Also a theatre director and playwright, Daniel is Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children’s Theatre. Their current production, an adaptation of his first book, is supported by Leeds’ Carriageworks Theatre, Harrogate Theatre and The Leeds Big Bookend Festival.
Daniel has written over twenty plays, specialising in journey-based performance and large-scale community productions. These include The Leeds Pageant (2007, for Leeds Minster), Two Lads of Leeds (2008, for Interact Church and Community Partnership), HEAVE (2009, for Pointed Arrow Performance), The Crossing (2010, for Left Bank Leeds and Leeds Light Night), The Tunnel (2011, in partnership with Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill), Drink with a Chimp (2015, for Common Chorus Theatre) and Wind in the Willows (2016, for Renaissance Knaresborough).
Daniel has also overseen a number of community writing projects, including The Leeds Story Cycle (2014) and Stories from the Forests of Leeds (2015/6), both of which resulted in the publication of a book of short stories, published by the Leeds Church Institute and the Leeds Big Bookend Festival.
Daniel enjoys giving workshops and author talks at schools, libraries and festivals and has spoken at Bradford Literature Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival and will be an author at this year’s Children’s Reading Festival in Selby.
Daniel is interested in exploring philosophical and spiritual questions in fun and engaging ways that inspire children and adults to think and to wonder.
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