Dave Smith
Dave Smith
'Inspiring children to write'

“Dave Smith certainly proved his stand-up comedy credentials by keeping students laughing for the session. It wasn't just fun and frolics though; Dave stressed the importance of planning and redrafting to perfect written material. Students who used the comedy writing techniques in their Original Writing coursework were singled out for praise by the moderator as being, ‘a joy to read.' I've never had so much fun marking 30 pieces of coursework before. We're certainly planning to invite him back for a third year."

J. Rose, Teignmouth Community College

All About Dave Smith

In the last five years, Dave has visited over three hundred schools, talking to students about the ‘tools’ used in humour writing.

The aim of these sessions is to inspire pupils to write and help them believe in their writing, whilst having a laugh and turning writing from a chore into a pleasure.

There has been an enthusiastic response to his creative writing workshops from teachers and students alike. Not only are they interested, they are able to relate to someone who has made a living from being funny, as opposed to a more ‘heavyweight’ novelist.

Having been made redundant from a ‘normal’ job in 1991, Dave decided it was high time he did something he really enjoyed.

After making his white-knuckle debut at the Montreal Festival for his first taste of stand-up comedy, Dave soon became a regular at the Comedy Store, Jongleurs and major clubs all over the country. He supported Rich Hall on his UK tour and toured Ireland, and performed in Hong Kong and at the Groningen Comedy Festival in Holland, where he was officially declared ‘A Funny Guy.’

Dave made all sorts of appearances on TV – writing for and presenting a series of BBC’s EastEnders Revealed, Net.Comedy, The Little Picture Show and writing for BBC2’s Live Floor Show.

For a year and a half he was a weekly guest on BBC London Radio’s Lucy Longhurst Show and wrote and presented hour-long magazine shows on Viva Radio.

After appearing on Radio 4’s You and Yours and In Touch, Dave became a regular on Home Truths, where he wrote and narrated his own column in the company of the great John Peel.

Dave has also written for an eclectic mix of publications, including The Sunday Times, The Independent, GQ, Junior, Real, Home Buyer, Slimming and Mother and Baby. He is also a travel writer for The Boston Herald (USA).

His material is original, accessible and most importantly, funny.

TEDx talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21rSYYhDafA

Dave Smith’s School Visits

In his writing classes, he explains to the students how they can make a living from writing – newspapers, magazines, advertisements, stand-up comedy, radio, TV, websites – they all need copy.

The students get the opportunity to write something using the pointers he gives, which helps them overcome the ‘fear of the blank page’. They learn that writing is not beyond them – you don’t have to be a novelist to be a great writer!

At the end of the session, students have written work they can be proud of and which can contribute to their coursework. Some have gone on to showcase their work at evening performances, in front of family and friends.

Dave’s workshops are for all age groups of varying ability and he has visited schools of every kind, including huge comprehensives, smallish grammar schools, referral units and private schools. He has held creative writing courses at British schools in Paris, Rome, Madrid and Gütersloh, Germany. He has also delivered speeches to schools’ Literary Societies, Writers’ Circles and given careers talks to pupils about to leave school.

Dave is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), which required an enhanced disclosure check by the CRB. He also has a public liability insurance of £10 million.

Recommendations & Reviews

“We all thought Dave Smith was excellent! He really inspired the group and made them think; he also filled them with optimism and enthusiasm. A brilliant achievement! Would you thank him on our behalf? I hope you can get him again in the future. Well done and thanks!”  Bridget Brooks, Head of Learning Support, Tabor Science College

“Dave handled the children and classroom situation with a great professional standard, and brought a sense of fun and adventure to the lesson. I can recommend Dave without hesitation – he was a delightful person to have in the school and the children went away having learnt skills they can use in their own writing. A thoroughly delightful day.” Hanneke Boemer, Head of English, Bridgewater School

“That boy wrote more in your session than he has all term.” P. Thomson, Head of English, Eastbourne Technical College

“Just a note to thank you for an excellent talk last night. Stimulating, perceptive, witty and fun – it was a wonderful insight into the world of writing to which you belong and so many aspire.”  Headmaster, Dean Close School, Cheltenham

“Thank you for your help with our Writing and Storytelling Week. Your sessions were truly superb! They were pitched at the correct level and were informative, stimulating, and most of all, fun.” Mrs Taylor, Goldfield School, Tring

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Dave Smith, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk