Dave Cousins

Dave Cousins

Abandoning childhood plans to be a footballer – or Batman – Dave Cousins went to art college in Bradford, joined a band and was nearly famous. His writing career began aged ten, drawing comics and penning lyrics for an imaginary pop group. He has been scribbling stories, songs and sketches ever since.

Dave’s books have been described as “teen realism with humour and heart”. 15 Days Without a Head was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, and nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal and Branford Boase Award. Waiting for Gonzo ended up with its own accidental soundtrack, but that’s another story…

Originally from Birmingham, Dave now spends his days writing and drawing in an attic somewhere just outside the M25. He also visits schools and libraries all over the country, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and UK author collective The Edge.