David was born in West Bromwich but grew up in North Lincolnshire. His first published poem was on a beer mat.
Since then, David has been published in The SHOp, Smiths Knoll, Orbis, South Bank Poetry and in 2012 won the poetry category in Salford University’s WriteNorthWest competition.
In 2013, at the Northern Writers’Awards, David was awarded a New Poets Bursary to participate in a development programme produced by The Poetry School and led by poet Clare Pollard.
In 2018 David completed an MA in Creative Writing from the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
His poem The Twilight Shift was published in the anthology Poems for Grenfell Tower (Onslaught Press, 2018).
David writes for the website Weekend Notes https://www.weekendnotes.co.uk/profile/212149/
David's poetry has been included in previous anthologies including:
Skein (2014), Mill (2015)
Published by Templar Poetry
and Poems for Grenfell Tower
Published by Onslaught Press, 2018
THE TWILIGHT SHIFT by David Keyworth
The poems in this short collection are centred on aloneness and on the relationship between environment and the Human Condition.
Deserted night-time streets, airports and twilit railway stations are haunted by the narrative presence as well as by the spirits of the unseen, always only just out of reach. Filmic themes intersperse with echoes of the not-yet-happened and the in-some-future-they-will-never-happen-again.
This is a haunting collection that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
“Homelessness – literal and metaphorical – haunts the streets of David Keyworth’s atmospheric collection. In these concise, finely judged poems we meet characters cut adrift from their own lives – like the lost soul of ‘No More Departures’ waiting at the station for a future that never arrives. Keyworth is particularly effective at capturing those momentary interactions which make up so much of contemporary life – and which can make ghosts of us all. Highly recommended.”
- Esther Morgan, Award winning poet and author of 4 poetry collections