Dave Rudden


A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin, Dave Rudden is an author, actor and creative writing teacher based in Dublin.

His first novel, KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK, was called ‘a magical debut’ by the Guardian and ‘reminiscent of Douglas Adams’ by R.L. Stine. KNIGHTS went on to win the 2016 Irish Book Award for Best Senior Children’s Novel and was chosen in 2017 as the Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read. Dave is also the author of two Doctor Who anthologies; TWELVE ANGELS WEEPING and THE WINTERTIME PARADOX, as well as music videos, theatre and television.

Dave has delivered talks and author events in hundreds of schools, universities, libraries, and festivals, both nationally and internationally. He currently serves as a Creative Fellow of UCD, is DCU’s first writer-in-residence, and regularly collaborates with RTÉ’s Home School Hub to bring writing tips and motivation to a national audience.