I’ve lived in Chapel Allerton for over three decades. My work as a community paediatrician gave many insights into the lives of others but left no time for creative writing. I also worked in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. Early retirement provides an opportunity to learn the craft. An inspiring evening class with Matthew Bellwood led on to the Leeds Writers Circle, whose members give honest and encouraging feedback.
My short story ‘Signs and Wonders’ is published in the Remembering Oluwale Anthology which won the Saboteur Award for Best Anthology 2017. David Oluwale’s story has cast a long shadow over Leeds, but the determination to remember him and to learn from his dreadful experience is a force for good in our city. My story, ‘After Farsley’ is included in An Open Door published by Comma Press 2019 from the Leeds short story course, led by SJ Bradley.
Yetunde’s House, my debut novel is, like Yetunde’s African lodgers, looking for a home. I was chuffed pink that it was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press debut novel competition 2017. I am working on the second draft of my second novel. Its current ‘back cover blurb’ is: Freya has spent most of her life trying to forget. In a tale of power, inheritance and leeches, how far will she go to seek justice?
I am coordinator of a faith-based charity, the Nigeria Health Care Project. I’m married to Pam. We have four grown up children and six grandchildren. We volunteer with Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network.
My regular blog, known as a pangolin, appears on this site every new moon. You can follow me on Twitter @cundall_david or by clicking on the little bird in the corner.
‘…using just the one relatively brief scene to convey so much story and characterization with such subtlety and assurance…’
Martyn Bedford, commenting on After Farsley, January 2019