SOME SHORT FILMS . . .
'Stories from Home' commissioned by Spark Arts in Leicester, created by storytellers in COVID19 lockdown in their own homes. Written to feed the imaginations of children also in lockdown encouraging them to find the extra-ordinary in the ordinary, and dream endlessly of what can happen at home.
'Rewind' on DemonFM
DeMontfort University Student & Community Radio
Enjoying his midlife crisis, David went back to school to study a Creative Writing MA at DeMontfort University (he got a First!) and also joined the University's Demon FM Radio team.
On his Wednesday 'Rewind' slot he played music from the '90s and chatted about whatever popped into his head.
Delusions of Grandeur
Funny, irreverent, heartbreaking, honest and fearless, 'David Parkin's Delusions of Grandeur' lives up to its name in all respects.
"Attenborough Arts Centre Associate Artist David Parkin, creates an installation based on his time under section, suffering from a bi-polar manic episode. Using drawings, notes and plans made at the time, Parkin will create alternative visions of a typical mental unit NHS bedroom and solitary confinement.
A fully immersive piece that tells you everything you didn't want to know about being sectioned.
Teabags, Soap, Be Normal
Walking with crutches, 'Moon River' and the trees
Reading from 'Tea bags, Soap, Be Normal'.
Excerpt from the last section: “Outside”.
David begins to go for walks (hobbles) with his crutch. Whilst walking through a wood “Moon River” comes on his mp3 and he has a little bit of an epiphany.
“The sunlight filters through the leaves, dances and then is gone. The romance of the lyrics and the melody fit so perfectly into this moment. There is such a lot of world to see … The trees cotton on and soon start swaying in time. As the song plays on I realise that it’s not easy to feel this way every time we look at a bloody tree, but this feeling has been thrust on me by everything that’s happened, by the darkness of the coma, by being inside for so long, by the euphoria and by not being dead.”
The Nose That Nobody Picked
A surreal, snotty, rip-snorting yarn for all the family.
Shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award 2017.
One day, Christopher, a keen but unorthodox gardener, finds a living nose raised by slugs in his garden. In their hunt to find Little Big Nose a face they encounter Doctor Skinner, an eccentric plastic surgeon, who has connections with the nose's past and sinister intentions for its future.
"Creative, humorous, and well-executed. It’s like Kafka meets Douglas Adams and I have to say I wish I had written it first. A most enjoyable book."
NET GALLEY REVIEWER USA 2018