David Harkin

David is a writer, qualified youth worker, award-winning filmmaker, film tutor and media facilitator, working on film and video projects with Northern Ireland Screen, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Northern Ireland Executive. David holds a bachelor's degree in Media and a master's in Film from Queens University Belfast. He lives with his wife and son in the North of Ireland. 

David Harkin's Books

ISBN: 9781916668409


How James Bond Saved My Life

28 Jun 2024

How James Bond Saved My Life is a unique self-help memoir. The author takes you on a journey through cinema, delving into the significance of cinematic role models and how cinematic characters can empower and inspire young minds, be it Bond, Batman or Wonder Woman.

David shares his experiences as a non-verbal school child requiring speech therapy and his childhood growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles to establish the significance of cinema. David intertwines personal anecdotes from his past, the bullying at school, and his struggle in learning to speak, with his professional expertise as a qualified youth worker and film tutor to present a compelling case for the importance of switching off from the everyday world and tuning into the world of cinema.



David Harkin is an award-winning filmmaker, a qualified youth worker with the Education Authority Youth Service of Northern Ireland and a media facilitator specialising in film and media. His work is primarily with young people interested in film and video who wish to further their studies in media and film. As a filmmaker, David has won the Greer Garson film award at Ulster University and the Best Film Award at the Yellow Fever Film Festival in Belfast. David lives with his family in Derry, in the north of Ireland.