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Writer. Dan was born in Cardiff in 1964, he grew up in Roath, went to school at Howardian High School and studied History at UCW, Aberystwyth. He has written extensively for radio and TV, writing and directing his own work for Radio Wales, notably the situation comedy series 'Pub Globo', set in a vanishing Cardiff pub and 'The Fishford Observer', set in a the offices of Pembrokeshire’s last independent local newspaper. As well as writing plays, documentaries and stories for adults, he also writes scripts for children including, S4C’s ‘Y Meees’ and CBBC’s ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’. His first children’s novel, The Rugby Zombies, will be published in September (Gomer Press 2010).
Dan’s work is often characterised as comic, quirky and full of ideas. He thinks that there is something quite sad about the fact that life, ultimately, is comic – either that or it’s indescribably depressing. Location, geography and character are defining influences on his writing.
As well as writing, Dan facilitates workshops on script and story writing for schools, colleges and adults. He has worked extensively with primary and secondary pupils running scriptwriting workshops designed to develop creativity, oracy, literacy and confidence.
Having spent some time living in Spain, Dan now divides his time between South and West Wales creating work inspired by these locations. He has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing and Teaching Practice from Cardiff University (2010).
'Malgosia And The Men' (BBC Radio 4, 1994)
'Atlantis' (BBC Radio 4, 2003)
'The End Of The Iron Age' (BBC Radio Wales/Torch Theatre, 2005)
'Over Troubled Water' (BBC Radio Wales/Torch Theatre, 2005)
'The Nation Grieves' (BBC Radio Wales/Torch Theatre, 2005)
'Rubens Goes To Town' (BBC Radio Wales/Torch Theatre, 2005)
'Wet' (BBC Radio Wales/Torch Theatre, 2005)
'The Well' (BBC Radio Wales/Torch Theatre, 2005)
'The Fridge' (HTV, 1993)
'Two Bit' (HTV, 1993)
'A Crowd In The Countryside' (HTV, 1993)
'The Pembrokeshire Underground' (Radio 3, 2005)
'Postcards From Home' (Radio Wales, 2001)
'The Things We Leave Behind' (Radio Wales, 2002-3)
'Straight Talk' (Made In Wales Stage Company/Wales Fargo, 2004 and 2009)
'Pub Globo' (BBC Radio Wales, 1999-2002)
'Favourites' (BBC Radio Wales, 2002)
'The Fishford Observer' (BBC Radio Wales, 2003)
'Community Cabaret' (BBC Radio Wales, 2005-7)
'Saint David' (New Welsh Review, 1999)
'Hurry On Sundown' (BBC Radio 4, 2009)
The Rugby Zombies (Gomer Press, 2010)
The Rugby Zombies: Number Two (Gomer Press, 2011)
The Rugby Zombies: The Last International (Gomer Press, 2012 – October)