David Briggs was brought up in rural England, where he gained his love of the countryside. After a PhD at Bristol University he moved into an academic career during which he published extensively, including a number of best-selling books on geography, environment and health.
He has always enjoyed writing, and as an escape from university work wrote a number of short stories and children’s stories, most of which are available via his website. He also wrote one novel, Figures in a Tuscan Garden, which was short-listed for the Constable Trophy though never published. In 2009 he moved to New Zealand and devoted himself to creative writing.
David’s poems are rooted in the landscape and are written to be accessible but thought-provoking, often with a playful touch. In 2015, one of his poems won a silver prize for short free verse in the United Poets Laureate International competition. Others have been published in anthologies.
His novels explore human relationships, usually within the context of some personal or social drama, and through the lens of different people’s experience. They thus raise the questions: who are we, and what is truth? The Direction of Our Fear was published in September 2016 by BMS Books of Rotorua. By the Tracks We Leave, written earlier, was self-published through Amazon in 2017. His most recent novel, The Claim, was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize, and was published in July 2019 by UK publishers RedDoor Press.
In connection with the launch of The Direction of Our Fear, David was interviewed on Fresh FM radio. Listen to the interview here: Community Conversations. He was also interviewed on the Top Writers Radio show in October 2017; listen here. A video interview can be viewed on BMS Books' website here
Laura Lockington's review of The Claim can be heard here
David's book of poetry, Reflections, a collaboration with photographer JF Robert, was published in February 2021.