About me


As a friend of mine likes to say: "Facts plus whimsy equals David Ryan."

But there's a lot more to me than that. I'm also a physics graduate, a world traveller, an internationally published author, a film buff, a sci-fi fan, a 60s/70s throwback (musically speaking) and an information sponge.

Starting in 1992, I cut my teeth on local English newspapers, reporting for the Hexham Courant, The News (Portsmouth), Colchester's Evening Gazette and North London's Highbury & Islington Express (High&I).

As sister paper to the Hampstead & Highgate Express (Ham&High) - the world's poshest local rag - the High&I featured an extensive arts section, which I got to interview lots of showbiz types. One of those was Ryan Gosling: a little-known 20-year-old fronting The Believer, a movie based on real events about a Jewish neo-Nazi.

Climbing a karri tree in Western Australia
Climbing a karri tree in Western Australia

Ultimately, I became the paper's arts and features editor. In 2001, however, I went freelance and since then I've largely worked as a copy editor, on magazines in London and more recently from my house in north-east England.

I've worked for, among others, CNBC Business (not just as the resident copy editor, but as a writer), Tatler, The Observer, The Independent, the FT's Financial Adviser, Funds Europe, Marketing Week, The Lawyer, StrategicRISK, Money Marketing, Boat International, Mortgage Strategy, Event, Press Gazette, Conde Nast Traveller, Screen International, Drapers, Inside Housing, Marketing Direct, Conference & Incentive Travel, Square Meal Venues & Events, GP... I'm a mine of information, frankly.

Plus I used to backpack a lot, so I've been to about 70 countries.

My non-fiction book George Orwell on Screen, published by McFarland in the US in 2018, boasted a foreword by AL Kennedy and was one of the Times Literary Supplement's books of the year.

So, if you're interested in my services, please contact me.