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David C. Flanagan

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Orkney Islands
Languages: English
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David C. Flanagan is a writer and award-winning journalist based in the Orkney Islands. Born, raised, and educated in Edinburgh, he studied journalism in the city before returning to his ancestral home in the islands where he worked as a reporter on the local weekly newspaper, The Orcadian. He’s been a freelance since 2002, providing news, features and content for a variety of publications and websites. David also acts as location manager for film and television crews operating in Orkney.

His first book, Board, was published by Fledgling Press in 2015 and recounted his attempts to overcome a fear of the ocean and learn to surf in middle-age, on the wild Atlantic coast of Orkney.

David’s debut children’s work, Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep, was published by Little Door Books in 2021. The story, illustrated by Will Hughes, is aimed at 5-9-year-olds and is the first in a series of early reader chapter books for Little Door. David also has further non-fiction works in the pipeline.

He has appeared at the Kendall Mountain Festival, discussing the theme of everyday adventure, and was part of the children’s event programme at the 2021 Wigtown Book Festival.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Environment & climate; Family; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Island communities; Nature; Rural communities; Sports

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+