Inspirationnal Talks:

David is available, for a suggested donation of £80 towards his community work, to give talks on the following aspects of his life experience:

PADRE TALES: Incredible stories shared by veterans during Battlefield Pilgrimages and at barrack watering holes over David's years as chaplain to Federation of Allied Combatants, Manchester Royal Artillery and as a Royal British Legion branch president.

STORIES FROM the STREETS: Tales of courage and rising above adversity gleaned from David's years as director of Lifeshare, the charity he founded to work among homeless people and sex workers.

RIOT! RIOT! How a deep connection that crossed faith and cultural boundaries emerged to hold prisoners, prison officers and their families during the HMP Manchester "Strangeways" prison riots during Easter 1990.

GRANDDAD the GRAY: The growth of Sally-Manc's biggest, positive youth movement and the part positive adult role models played in encouraging an alternative to harmful gang culture.

The GREAT APES of BELLE VUE: How his role as Ape-Keeper at Manchester's Belle Vue Zoo kick-started David's journey into the Franciscan family.  

SOME THINGS HAVE TO BE BELIEVED TO BE SEEN: Stories of miraculous invitation and some of the outstanding people of faith David has encountered over his life.

PUNK MONK MUSINGS: The part David's "alter-ego" plays in building bridges, with help from friends from the Sally-Manc Music Scene, to replace youth on youth violence with a culture of respect and mutual regard. 

GORTON MONASTERY: The heart-warming story of a bunch of Belgian Friars building a great church and friary that served Gorton for more than a century; its years of dereliction and the coming together of a small team who raised £6.5M to restore it to serve anew as a conference centre, wedding venue and community facility. 

Look at the stories and files pages for some tantalising glimpses as to what you can expect from one of these talks and Go to the CONTACT and BOOKINGS page to register your interest.