Hello, my name’s David Charles and I’m a writer…

You’re probably here because you’ve come across my blog or one of my writing, cycling or border-related projects. I know you’re busy, but if you’ve got a moment – thanks for reading!


Foiled is a comedy play set and staged in a working hair salon that I co-wrote with Beth Granville. After five-star reviews and sell-out audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we’re looking to take the show on the road in 2017. You can read more about the project on our company website, WeAreDuckspeak.com.

You Are What You Don’t

You Are What You Don’t, a rough-and-tumble ride through the psychology of positive limits – or, what happens when I stop walking for a day, lock my phone away for a month, and dissolve my entire sense of being for five hours. Read more on the dedicated site YouAreWhatYouDont.co.uk.

Cycling to Syria

Cycling towards Syria, a 2,500 mile bicycle trip across Europe, following the routes of migration back towards Syria. In the summer of 2016, I cycled through England, France, Belgium, Germany and Austria, talking to refugees and local residents about migration and the effect it has had on their lives. I’ll be picking up the ride from where I left off in summer 2017.

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Everything Else

Here is what else I’ve done, and what I’m doing right now. Or check my portfolio page for my journalist bylines and other media mentions around the web.