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David Gill is well-known as a wordsmith - as a song writer (joint-winner of the BASCA Songwriters ' Showcase 1990), and as an award-winning playwright (Selector’s Award at the National Student Drama Festival [NSDF]1991; Judge 's Award NSDF 1992; Best Script and Best Production Awards at the All-England One-Act Play Festival 1991).

He is also the author of three books of poetry and three books of fiction. Extracts from David 's poetry collection (2002) were read on The Verb (BBC Radio 3 July 2002) and a poetry pamphlet co-written with Craig Bradley and Gaia Holmes, Poetry On The Rocks, (Diamond Street Press), was commissioned by Ilkley Literature Festival as part of a Poet-in-Residency appointment with extracts read on Calendar (Yorkshire Television) on National Poetry Day 2003. Gill 's anthology (2005) was selected by The Independent as a "best read for the festive season " December 2005.

In 2007, Gill 's songwriting achieved recognition when his song 'Let Me Be What You Be To Me ' was recorded by Liane Carroll, BBC award winner in 2005 for Best of Jazz and Best Vocalist, since when he has had a number of further songs placed on recordings by top jazz/soul/folk artists, notably Sophie Bancroft, Deborah J. Carter, Faith Gibson and Benson J. Walker.

Research & Scholarship

David’s work in Stylistics and Critical Discourse Analysis has focussed on critical and creative strategies for illuminating the dynamic relationships between text and context in both fiction and non-fiction. His Creative Writing research involves the development of a stylistic theory and pedagogy of creative writing. He is currently preparing journal articles on the poetics of song lyrics; adaptation of poem to song lyric, and the show/tell distinction.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Gill, D. and Stewart, M. (2008) The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialising, Fadism and Commonism . : PDG Books . ISBN 9781905519040

Gill, D (2008) ‘The poetics of popular song lyrics’. In: PALA Annual Conference 2008, 23rd - 26th July 2008, University of Sheffield


Montoro, R. and Gill, D. (2005) ‘Curious narrators, curious mathematics and curious representations: a critical Text World Theory analysis of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’. In: PALA Conference 2005, 18-23 July 2005, University of Huddersfield , p. 37


Bradley, C. and Gill, D. (2004) Humbugs . Yorkshire, UK: Relish Books. ISBN 9780954784409


Gill, D., Bradley, C. and Holmes, G. (2003) Poetry On The Rocks . : Diamond Street Press.


Gill, D (2002) The Amateur Yorksherman . Bradford: Redbeck Press. ISBN 0946980918

Gill, D (2002) ‘CDA to CDA – from Critical Discourse Analysis to Creative Discourse Analysis’. In: PALA Annual Conference 2002, 4 - 6 April 2002, University of Birmingham

Research Degree Supervision

David is able to supervise (MRes) or co-supervise (MPhil, PhD) creative writing research projects by portfolio and exegesis. He is particularly interested in creative writing research projects underpinned by stylistic method and theory. His current research students are completing projects on “The Female Serial Killer in Fiction” and “Adaptation” (Poem to Film). David is happy to receive enquiries on creative writing projects on the following research topics, although not exclusively:

  • Adaptation
  • Ambiguity
  • The Show/Tell Distinction
  • The Stylistics Of Song Lyrics
  • Textual Intervention
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