Dave Lewis is a writer based in Pontypridd, south Wales. He studied Zoology at Cardiff University before becoming a Biology, Science & PE teacher. He has always lived in Wales except for a short spell in Kenya in 1993-94, where he taught science and sport as well as finding time to work in Nairobi National Park as a volunteer. As the years drifted by he found himself moving towards the more ‘artistic’ subjects, namely literature and photography.
He writes content for and still maintains many web sites. He has worked as a web producer for the BBC Wales Scrum V fanzine, has run four hugely successful rugby sites with Rivals.net and used to write a newspaper column for the Pontypridd Observer.
He continues to be outspoken on local issues and constantly challenges authority with the infamous ‘Ponty Town Online’ message board. His literary work has been published in an array of magazines and web sites all over the world, although the ‘self-appointed’ literary establishment in Wales seems to shun his work.
He has had a varied existence to date, and also worked as a builders labourer, plastic engineer, financial advisor, zoologist, doorman, software engineer, actor (one Bollywood film!), schoolteacher, librarian, cyber cafe manager, photography tutor, publisher – almost enough for a book one might say!
He hasn’t given up dreaming of being a billionaire philanthropist, not even when his first offspring came along, but may have to settle for an easier life writing poems in the woods.
As well as being a writer Dave is also a keen photographer. He likes to combine poetry and photography and also uses Adobe Photoshop to design his own book covers. He has over 30 years experience and has also lectured digital photography & Photoshop for many years.
In May 2010, after a few years of teaching photography in Church Village, south Wales, Dave started the Gartholwg Camera Club which seeks to encourage and nuture local photographers. The group grew from just a handful of photographers to over 80 members in just a few short years. There are now two groups, who still meet up, most weeks, in the ‘real world’ and also have a Flickr group in the ‘not so real world’.
In 2005 Dave cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, for Ty Hafan. He is widely travelled and has photographed wildlife on numerous continents. He is also a keen walker and helped lead a school expedition to Ecuador, where students visited Cotopaxi volcano and lived in the Amazon jungle with the native inhabitants for a few weeks.
In 2007 he set up and organised the first ever Welsh Poetry Competition, an international poetry competition aimed at encouraging the wealth of creative writing talent that we know exists in Wales but currently languishes in the doldrums.
In 2009 Dave published his first book – Layer Cake, a collection of poetry that spans 24 years. He then went on to publish several other works, each one braver than the last. In 2011 he completed his first novel, the critically-acclaimed, crime technothriller – Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
In 2014 he started a self publishing business – Publish & Print, to help those people who find difficulty getting into print. The company can help you publish a paperback or an e-book with Amazon Kindle.
Also in 2014, Dave published his first non-fiction title – Photography Composition, an introductory guide to improving composition and taking better images.
In September 2015, after seven hard years of research and writing Dave finally completed his ‘Hagar’ trilogy with the release of his third novel – iCommand. He hopes to secure a film deal for the three books in the future and has even ‘suggested’ a music soundtrack for each book / film.
Never one to sit back on his laurels a month later he finally published his first travel diary, ten years after cycling the End to End challenge with a friend. This short, but funny account quickly shot into the kindle best-sellers charts for cycling e-books!
In March 2016 Dave published a dark poetry collection – Reclaiming The Beat. This contemporary work deals with life, love and death in an ever-changing modern world and has received great reviews by world famous Welsh novelist Catrin Collier and award-winning poets Sally Spedding and Kathy Miles.
In September 2016, after cycling around Wales for two weeks, Dave has been busy trying to encourage other riders to do the same thing by creating ‘Wales Trails‘, a LEJOG-lite challenge where cyclists do a loop of the Principality and discover more about our ever-diminishing history and culture.
In October 2017 Dave released a second photographic e-book – Basic Photoshop.
April 2018 saw the release of Going Off Grid – a new poetry and photography collection. Dealing with digital capitalism, information overload, love and depression this work has been positively reviewed by award-winning poets Sally Spedding and Chrys Salt MBE.
Among his next projects is a gritty novel based in the south Wales valleys, a new haiku collection and a couple more Photoshop manuals.
A number of publishers have shown interest in producing a ‘Selected Works‘ of Dave’s poetry and this is certainly a project that he intends to pursue in the future.
Dave has also hinted at a 4th ‘Hagar’ novel… watch this space!
Dave’s books can be bought direct from the author at the numerous book fairs he attends throughout south Wales, this web site, from all good book stores and are also available for download with Amazon Kindle and other platforms.
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