Dave is an author, scriptwriter, and playwright, journalist and editor.

Thrice Welcome Christmas. BBC TV script Dave Arthur.
Photo: Barry Dransfield, Dave & Toni Arthur, Tim, and Jonathan Arthur.

Until 2000 he edited three national magazines at the same time: Storylines (the magazine of the Society for Storytelling), English Dance and Song (the magazine of the English Folk Dance and Song Society), and Animations (the national puppetry magazine).

Recent theatre work has included the musical play Bold Nelson’s Praise (Book and Lyrics Dave and Tim Arthur), which was produced by the Derby playhouse (directed by Tim Arthur) for the 2005 bicentennial of Nelson’s death, song lyrics and Musical Direction for the 2002 Sheppey community play The Floating Republic (Director Jon Oram), and song lyrics and Musical Direction for 2007 Sussex community play Something in Common by Jon Oram.