Dan Tunstall

Leicester, Leicestershire
Writing for Young Adults

Writer Biography

I was born and brought up in Leicester. I still live there now, in the West End of the city with my wife, our two daughters and a variety of pets. I’ve got a History degree from Birmingham University and a PGCE from the University of Leicester. I’ve worked in a factory making fridges, as a gardener, as a market trader and as a Primary school teacher. At the moment I’m concentrating on writing, alternating time in front of a computer screen with visits to schools, libraries and reading groups.

I’ve always loved to write. As a kid I was really into ghost and horror stories. No matter what title my teachers gave me, I would manage to turn it into some sort of gory saga. In my teens I was a fan of Stephen King and used to pinch school exercise books and fill them with dodgy horror & novels& of my own. Throughout my adult life I’ve had writing bubbling away on the back burner, and I finally had my first novel BIG AND CLEVER published in 2009.

In my spare time I like reading, listening to music and watching old horror films. The writers I’m influenced by include Stephen King (still), David Peace, George Orwell, Alan Sillitoe and Gordon Burn. I like lots of different types of music, but I’m a big fan of The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey and the 2-Tone groups. My favourite films are low-budget British horrors from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. My favourite actors are Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I met Christopher Lee once. It was fantastic, something I’ll never forget – I love that man!

I’m a big sports fan, paricularly football and boxing. Supporting Leicester City has been a huge part of my life for more than thirty years now. My first match was against Brighton in September 1978. We won 4-1 and I’ve been hooked ever since.


Selected Publications

Big and Clever (novel for Young Adults, published May 2009)

Big Brother (short book for teenage reluctant readers, coming June 2010)

Available for the following:

  • Workshops
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    Qualified Key Stage 2 teacher

    Experience of talks/workshops with children in KS2/3/4

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    My Work

    Big and Clever
    Publisher: Five Leaves

    Websites, blogs and links to work

    Website relating to writing projects etc