The Romantic Landscape

David Davies is in his mid 30’s. He was grew up in Clevedon, England just across from Cardiff where his dad was from.

H lived there until he was ten years old. In 1991 his mother brought him back to her home in East Belfast. He grew up without a father to help guide him through the culture shock that followed. In Secondary School he was bullied and taunted and told to ‘Go back to England’. He didn’t understand his dyslexia and autism. He attended Art College in Hull before returning to Castlereagh Art College, Belfast.

In 2016 David published a book of poetry ‘The Romantic Landscape’ based on, as he says, his most favourite place the world – The Mourne Mountains. David has read at the Mixed Jam and Purely Poetry events in the Sunflower Pub and Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

This is the story of David Davies against the backdrop of 21st Century Belfast with Poetry evenings where people write about their divorce, Donald Trump, Brexit, talking bees, the Mourne Mountains and the father figure that he misses. His voice is measured and his laugh sincere.


The Long Woman’s Grave, Cooley Mountains


Recording Normerella Blues at Dundalk FM studios.


Stopping for lunch in Newcastle before climbing Wee Binnian.


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Joni Mitchell paints a cloudlet in the sky.


The Mourne Wall

third verse

Hammers and chisels; tools for plug and feather

Wraps around over twenty two miles of peaks

Its dry stone is fitted with shape of preference

A hope of a lasting fit


David Davies and Alan Byrne at Omeath, with the Mourne Mountains in the backdrop.


A visit to the Belfast Library


David launches his second book of poetry and displays his paintings at the Hollywood Arches, Library, Belfast