David published his first collection An Essex Parish in 2015. He was long-listed in the Poetry Society National Poetry Competition in 2017, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2017 and 2018 and won first prize and a special mention in the Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review in Summer 2017.
In 2016 he featured in the Essex Poetry Festival and at the Harwich Festival. He often performs at various venues around London, Essex and Suffolk.
David joined the organising committee for the Essex Poetry Festival in 2017 and helps to lead Mosaic, a Poetry Society Stanza, in Colchester.
He has been published in several anthologies, Isthmus, and The Sentinel and has collaborated on two film projects. Most recently, his poetry has been used as part of a garden design project and selected for an anthology, published by Onslaught Press, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. In November 2018, David collaborated with 14-18 NOW and Firstsite gallery, Colchester on a commissioned work exploring the long term effects of shell shock/PTSD as part of the WW1 centenary. davecanning.wixsite.com/poetry