David Slade was born and brought up in Portsmouth before his job took him around the country in a number of postings before ending up working in Croydon. He qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is a Chartered Insurer. He took early retirement in 2000 after 40 years in the insurance business finishing as Commercial Underwriting Manager for the South East with Norwich Union and now lives in Littlehampton.
Retirement enabled him to spend more time developing his long time interest in writing poetry along with his many other activities which include lecturing on naval history and being a trainer/examiner for the Royal Lifesaving Society.
He has contributed to specialist poetry magazines such as ‘First Time’ (edited by Josephine Austin) and ‘Dial 174’ (edited by John Claypole) and had a first collection of his work - IMAGES ON A SILVER SCREEN published by Q.Q. Press (Collections) in April 2009. ISBN 1-903203-791. Price £5 plus £1.50 P&P Available via Slipstream's 'Contact Us' facility.
David likes where possible to use photographic images with his poems as can be seen in the example overleaf inspired by one of the 2008 Workshops which he ran on the subject of ‘Conflict’ – the development of war poems through the ages.