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David Belbin

David Belbin

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Linguistics and Philosophy


Dr David Belbin teaches on the English with Creative Writing BA and the MA in Creative Writing where he runs a module on Children's and Young Adult Fiction. He also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing dissertations.

Dr Belbin specialises in fiction, particularly Crime and Young Adult Fiction. He also has a strong interest in the writers Graham Greene and Trevor Griffiths.

You can find Dr Belbin on Twitter and also via his website.

Career overview

David Belbin is the author of more than thirty novels for young adults and many short stories for adults and younger readers. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. In 2004, he organised Turning Point, the UK's first national conference on Young Adult Fiction.

Since co-editing Stanley Middleton At Eighty with NTU Emeritus Professor John Lucas in 1999, David has edited and written an introduction for a new edition of Middleton's second novel, Harris's Requiem (1960) published by Trent Editions. For Nottingham's Five Leaves Publications he edited the anthology City Of Crime and the Crime Express series of long stories, with books by Stephen Booth, Rod Duncan and CWA Diamond Dagger winning crime novelist, John Harvey.

David edited the Young Adult crime novel A Beautiful Place For Murder by double Carnegie award winning author, Berlie Doherty. His first adult novel, 'The Pretender' was published in 2008 and has been translated into German, Hebrew and Italian. Since 2011 he has published four novels in the Bone and Cane sequence about Crime and Politics, most recently ‘Death in the Family’. ‘Provenance’, his New and Collected short stories, was published in 2016.

David led Nottingham's successful 2015 bid to become UNESCO City of Literature and chaired the City of Literature company for its first seven years.

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Research areas

Dr Belbin is available to assist in the supervision of PhD projects in creative writing, especially fiction. Further information regarding postgraduate study towards an MPhil/PhD may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

He is a former trustee and member of the wider board of Nottingham Playhouse.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent work is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:


Provenance: new and collected stories, Belbin D, 2016, Nottingham, Shoestring Press

The Great Deception, Belbin D, 2015, Glasgow, Freight Books

What You Don't Know. Belbin D, 2012, Birmingham, Tindal Street Press

Student. Belbin D, 2012, Nottingham, Five Leaves Publications

Secret Gardens. Belbin D, 2011, Nottingham, Five Leaves Publications

The Pretender. Belbin D, 2008, Nottingham, Five Leaves Publications

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