David Sebastian (born 1961) lives in north Essex with his partner and their three occasionally wayward dogs. He has previously lived in Fife, London, Bath, and on the Isle of Arran. In 1987 David climbed his first Munro. During 1994-5, he spent a year travelling around Asia. In 2004 he gained a BA Honours Creative Studies in English from Bath Spa University. He has an eclectic taste in music and film, a love of nature and weather, an interest in Taoism and Zen, and enjoys sculpting wood. A member of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, David writes short stories, flash fiction, haiku, poetry, stories for children, and scripts for animation, screen and radio. He has had the pleasure of seeing some of his work published in magazines and read at the Thames Festival. His children’s story ‘Adam The Amphibian’ about a boy who disappears down the plughole appeared in Scholastic’s ‘WOW! 366’ anthology. He is currently working on two series of children’s picture books, a collection of flash fiction and short stories, a gathering of modern haiku, and the setting up of his website.
David Sebastian in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1987 - poems inspired by wanderings in Scottish mountains, more seriously from 1994 when I began gathering poems into collections. My first short story appeared in 2001.
What do you love about Short Stories?From a reader’s perspective, a pithy, rewarding journey. From a writer’s, the challenge of writing such stories and keeping them short, especially flash and micro fiction.
Do you write in other forms?Yes, children’s picture books, poetry and modern haiku, and scripts for animation, screen, and radio.
What distracts you from writing?Glorious or exciting weather outside. Any one of my 'other passions.'
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Nature, walks in the countryside or beside the sea, music, film, and sculpting wood.
What is your favourite book?Life & Times of Michael Kay by JM Coetzee.
Who are your favourite writers?RH Blyth, T Ratcliffe Barnett and Wolfgang Borchert
Where is your dream location?As I haven’t been for a while, currently any stretch of coast with crashing waves.
What one item would you put into Room 101?‘The News.’
Do you have any advice for new writers?Be forever curious and receptive.
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