Dave Viney grew up in Stretford, Manchester. He started writing poetry and short stories at the age of 14, largely in secret - due to a shortage of poets in the area and an excess of people who liked to punch poets in the face. Host of Bang Said the Gun: Manchester and a regular guest at poetry nights across the UK, he has written and performed for BBC Manchester Radio, written and performed two sell out shows at the Lowry Theatre as part of the Working Verse Collective, was the 2013 Poet Laureate of Kendal Calling Festival and in 2014 debuted his one man spoken word show 'Shapes' at the Edinburgh Fringe.

A Poet Called Dave
A Poet Called Dave
adult poetry & play
ISBN 978-0-9576639-8-5 | 156pp | 2015
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In his first solo collection, a poet called Dave gives his unique insight into a background that rarely pushes poets to the foreground. Exploring the legend of angry dads, the fragility of 'lad's lads' and the condition that threatened his future as a performer, these are poems that turn life on its head to see what falls out of its pockets.

A funny, unflinching and heartfelt journey from the streets of Stretford to a stage near you, this is what happens when two very different worlds collide.

Bonus features: Play - 'Rusholme Roulette'; Song - 'Hard (Time)'.

Includes a Foreword by Jackie Hagan.

"Poignancy without pretension, scalpel sharp insight. Dave Viney's observations on class and culture are deft, powerful and most importantly bull's-eye accurate." - Byron Vincent, poet & playwright

"Dave Viney is an extremely talented poet, both on stage and the page, and (almost as important) he's a top bloke." - Marvin Cheeseman, poet

"Dave Viney is one of the authentic voices of Manchester, a man who can be funny, sincere and compassionate in one fell swoop." - Jo Bell, UK Canal Laureate

"At first I thought he was going to try and steal my handbag, but instead he stole our hearts! And my handbag." - Thick Richard, professional gobshite

Dave Viney's 'My Dad's Bigger Than Your Dad', directed by Jo Lane.

Cover design by the author & Brink.

Working Verse Collective: The Prequel to theSequel
The Prequel to the Sequel
[Working Verse Collective]
adult poetry & show script
ISBN 978-0-9570141-5-2 | 112pp | 2012
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Working Verse Collective are three lads on a mission and their mission statement is this: Eloquence is fine. But "eloquence is irrelevant when nobody in the room knows what you meant..."
Join Dave Viney, Kieren King and Benny-jo Zahl as they expertly weave humour, insight and the unexpected throughout their quest to discover if they have "The Right Stuff" - and what that actually is and if they want it anyway.
It may well be one small step for man, but it's One Giant Leap for Ladkind.

Includes the script for 'Amateur Thematics', their debut poetry theatre show.

With a Foreword by Dominic Berry. 


"They're honest and mischievous, insightful and daft, accessible and poetic and well worth seeing." - Jackie Hagan, poet & comedian

"Unique and refreshing." - Joy France, Write Out Loud

"The boys have given Manchester's poetry scene a much needed shot in the arm." - Gerry Potter, poet & playwright

"Working Verse are three men who love football, music, pubs, clubs and poems... To read this book is to take a trip through the lives of lads who are not your typical poetic voices." - Dominic Berry, poet & director

Kieren performing 'Whatever Happened to the Heroes?' at Manchester Book Market organised by Literature Northwest.

Benny-jo performing 'Something's Missing' at Evidently, Salford.

Cover photo by Darren Reynolds, design & illustrations by Brink.

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.