About D H YEATS
Born and brought up in East Kent, in many ways D H Yeats was employed in the gig economy before that phrase ever became contemporaneous. He has worked as a teacher, fruit picker, on ferries, in hotels and restaurants, as a bookseller, un correcteur anglais, a technician and publicist in the performing arts, a researcher for environmental projects, a charity worker and latterly an exams’ invigilator.
On leaving school he attended Folkestone College of Art before moving to Wellington, Shropshire, where, together with his sister Jenny Smith, he opened a bookshop. Wishing to learn more about the book trade, he relocated to London where he was employed by Dillon’s University Bookshop for a number of years. Then followed two years in France after which he returned to London to work as a technician in West End Theatre.
In the mid-1980s he studied for a B.A. in African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies after which he returned to Performing Arts where he worked for fringe organisations and productions in the field of press, marketing and production.
He has also undertaken voluntary work with Wandsworth Friends of the Earth, OXFAM and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
D H Yeats started seriously writing in 2004. His novel The Opal Causeway is the part of a trilogy; the other two (unpublished) books are Tales from the Opal Shores, a collection of 15 short integrated stories spanning from 1935 to 1965, and a novel of 82,000 words, set around the time of the opening of the Channel Tunnel, called Zinny and Little Zinny taking place in London and Paris and between and beyond. While The Opal Causeway is linear and structured into third parts, the first part taking place over three weeks, the second three months and the third three years, Zinny and Little Zinny has three different strands of narrative from three generations, flitting across the years through dreams, diary entries and backstory. Each of the Tales take place either side of the Straits of Dover, as far as London and Paris, against a backdrop of momentous events happening in the wider world.
Over the last two years D H Yeats has been working on Drifting Aimlessly Through Lockdown. Around 70,000 words long, this work is structured into three different parts and influenced by dreams (some enhanced in the waking hours!), memories, observations, daily news items and his tinnitus. This work is published as a blog on: https://wordpress.com/posts/driftingaimlesslythroughlockdown.uk
It is also getting numerous views on https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-yeats-913427142/
His short story ‘Bugger! Bugger! Bugger! was published in Fusion: 21 Stories from the Complete Creative Writing Course, ed. Maggie Hamand, (2015). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fusion-Stories-Complete-Creative-Writing/dp/0957694474
As he explores his sexuality, Pete, a gay photographer, experiences the cruelties and injustices of a world completely at odds with the tenets instilled in him during childhood.
While sharing a Notting Hill squat during a seemingly endless summer with friends Mel and Baz, he meets Brad, a mysterious American, at a happening in Chalk Farm. Travelling to California in search of Brad, Pete, seeking love and adventure, ventures halfway around the world looking for answers only to find them back home once he crosses over The Opal Causeway.
Set in the early 1970s, The Opal Causeway is a coming-of-age novel embracing historical, environmental, racial, social and sexual themes still so relevant today.
"A pleasure to read … so pitch perfect on important social issues. The historical theme of the Gay Liberation movement is neatly told, both in US and in UK."
Alan Mahar, former Publishing Director of Tindal Street Press
After school D H Yeats attended Folkestone College of Art, going on to study African History at SOAS. Employed in the gig economy before that phrase ever became contemporaneous, he’s worked as a teacher, fruit picker, on ferries, in hotels and restaurants, as a bookseller, un correcteur anglais, a technician and publicist in the performing arts, a researcher for environmental projects, a charity worker and latterly an exams’ invigilator.