David G Allen

David G Allen

David G. Allen has been writing for a number of years, and is a storyteller and professional public speaker. Often to be found trawling through the National Archives, David’s writing often has a distinctly historical flavour, combining his love of history with a sense of the macabre and the downright bizarre. A prize winning short story writer, his collection of short stories ‘Be Sure Your Sins’ has recently been published by NotsoNoble books. An experienced and popular public speaker, David has been giving his entertaining talks for a number of years speaking on a variety of subjects ranging from Victorian etiquette to the history of classic movies such as ‘Casablanca.’ His talks are always meticulously researched yet at the same time creative, fun and spontaneous. A performer at heart, David has appeared in a variety of shows for children and adults, including his one man storytelling shows on factual Victorian Murders. With other theatre companies, David has employed his gift for improvisation in various plays, with a particular focus on immersive theatre, such as the award nominated Jack the Ripper’s London and Follow the Rabbit. David has also led storytelling and character workshops in Primary schools in and around London, in addition to being a school 'writer in residence', resulting in public performances.


David G Allen in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

age 6, in my bedroom

What do you love about Short Stories?

Short stories are a concentrated journey into a different world

Do you write in other forms?

Yes, plays, sketches and poetry

What distracts you from writing?

Nothing as long as I have headphones

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Storytelling, Victorian history, old movies

What is your favourite book?

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Who are your favourite writers?

Emile Zola, George Orwell and Thomas Hardy

Where is your dream location?

A Greek island – in the shade!

What one item would you put into Room 101?

People eating smelly food on the underground

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Keep writing!

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A man in a suit interrupted the programme. ‘What happened to Noel Edmunds?’ I said. ‘Shhh!’ said Lulu. ‘I want to listen!’ I wanted to know what the banker had said. The man in the suit kept talking. ‘I swear they’re making it up,’ I said. Lulu didn’t answer. She just stared into space. ‘I can’t believe I’ll never see my dad again,’ she said. Not for the first time I feel guilty.

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