David Harbourne

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blog: www.callmedad.co.uk/blog
Twitter: @davidharbourne
Facebook: www.facebook.com/callmedaduk/

Available to come to book groups? Yes
Available to give talks? Yes
Available for school visits? Yes
About Me
David Harbournequit his job in 2016 to become a full-time writer. His first book, “Penguins under the Porch: a Yorkshireman’s Ode to Oamaru”, was published in New Zealand in 2018. His next project is closer to home: an account of the first ten years of University Technical Colleges – specialist secondary schools for young people aged 13-18 – which were the brainchild of Lord Kenneth Baker and Lord Ron Dearing.

David grew up in North Yorkshire before heading to the London School of Economics at the age of 18. After ten years in the Ministry of Agriculture, he worked for the National Association of Master Bakers and the Hospitality Training Foundation. He returned to Yorkshire in 1999, initially as head of the local Training and Enterprise Council and then Executive Director of the North Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council. He left full-time employment in 2005 to care for his wife, who had Huntington’s Disease. After her death, David worked mainly for an education charity, the Edge Foundation, before becoming a full-time writer in 2016. He is a governor of Selby College and (until September2018) chair of the Yorkshire-based charity, Carers’ Resource. He sings bass in the Cantar Community Choir.

My Books

Penguins under the porch: a Yorkshireman’s ode to Oamaru
Wily Publications, 2018. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Travel/history
Set in York? No
Description: A quirky and engaging book about a town far away – Oamaru, New Zealand. The book blends history (New Zealand’s first female novelist, two police sergeants called Bullen), architecture, rocks and present-day encounters: a latter-day Victorian, the mayor, steampunks, the genius behind the country’s first moated castle, and hundreds of penguins.
Reviews: ‘A remarkable book.’ Oamaru Today
‘Entwining his research with the sometimes bemused commentary of a visitor from a distance, DavidHarbourne has produced a fine amalgam of fact, whimsy and good writing.’ Otago Daily Times
‘Very funny and very eye-opening!’ Jonathan Cowap, BBC Radio York
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l  Amazon l  YPD Books