Damien Barker

Derby, Derbyshire
Crime, Horror, SciFi & Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Other, Plays and Scripts

Writer Biography

I grew up in a South Yorkshire-based family with an extensive and detailed knowledge of the folk and storytelling traditions of my locality. I began storytelling in public at May fêtes and heritage events for Derby University Storytelling Society, in between work towards my recently completed BA Honours degree in Creative and Media Writing.

I am now active as a storyteller, secretary, and creative director within the Derby-based Flying Donkeys storytelling collective and have a growing reputation and experience as a storyteller around the Midlands. I have published reviews in the national storytelling magazine Facts and Fiction.

I wrote my dissertation on Contemporary Storytelling under Simon Heywood, and I am currently working on ‘South Yorkshire Folk Tales’ with him, to be published by The History Press.

As a performance storyteller, I have performed as an MC and opener for storytellers, Mike O’Connor, Shonaleigh Cumbers, and of course, Simon Heywood, and I have also performed at the Flying Donkeys with fellow storytellers from that group.

Recently I have finished my first feature length screenplay of 110 pages, which I am currently editing with intent to submit to the film industry. Currently it is unsolicited. Other projects include pilot episodes for various series intended for the BBC, in the Sci-Fi, Dystopian, and Cyber Noir genres.

My literary and film influences come from authors such as Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, George Orwell, R. A. Salvatore, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Raymond E. Feist.

My storytelling and folklore influences come from the likes of George Webbe Dascent, Snorri Stuluson, Peter Christen Asbjornson, Jacob Grimm, Joseph Jacobs, Sydney Oldall Addy, and contemporary writers, Pete Castle, Mike O’Connor, and Taffy Thomas.


Selected Publications

Review articles: & Taffy’s Coat Tales,& Fact & Fiction 73 (May 2010).
& Tristan and Iseult,& Fact & Fiction 73 (May 2010).

Contributed To

Facts & Fiction.

Performances & Workshops

Writing Workshop modules 1, 2, and 3, and Spoken Word, at University of Derby Creative Writing course.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Volunteering
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    BA (hons) Creative Writing and Media Writing.

    OCR National Diploma in Media.

    Steward for Festival at the Edge storytelling festival.

    Young storyteller of the year entrant 2010.

    A regular performer at Flying Donkeys.

    Also performed at University of Derby May Fete, University of Derby campus, and Jacksdale Heritage event.

    Studied Writing Workshop modules 1, 2, and 3, and Spoken Word, at University of Derby Creative Writing course

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