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David Baboulene

Born 13 March 1960 (1960-03-13) (age 49)
U.K.
Occupation Author, Scriptwriter, Story Theorist
Genres Travel, Humour, Story
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David "Windy" Baboulene, (born 13 March 1960) is an English author of humorous travel books, as well as Children's Illustrated stories and an academic work on story principles. He has had three film production deals and lectures on story theory. He grew up near London, England, then moved to Brighton, Sussex in the 1980s. He has lived in the UK, Belgium and Greece, and is currently a resident of Southwick, near Brighton, Sussex.

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Life

David Baboulene was born in Kenley, south of London, England, the son of Bernard and Doreen Baboulene; the third of four children and the only boy in the family.

He was educated at Oxted County School but dropped out at the age of 16 to undertake an apprenticeship in the British Merchant Navy. His experiences from his work on cargo ships are documented in his books Ocean Boulevard [1] and Jumping Ships [2], which recount his adventures around the world and his "hilarious and often bizarre"[3] journey from a boy to a man.

David's first book, The Blue Road [4], was published by Summersdale Publishers in 2002 [5], and relaunched in 2007 with the new title Ocean Boulevard. Ocean Boulevard was described on TalkSport Radio as One of the funniest books I have ever read [6]and David himself was described as a seriously funny man with a great gift for story-telling. [7]

In 2003, David won the Euroscript Film Story competition[8] - a Europe-wide competition sponsored by the European Film Commission - for his first novel Mere Mortals. The first prize was to work with a professional scriptwriter to develop the story into a fully fledged screenplay. Since that success, David has had three movie deals - two in Hollywood and one in the UK - and has worked as a story consultant for both novels and screenplays.

David's first children's book Kepple the Kite [9] was published in 2008, his second Oopsie! I forgot [10] is due for publication in March 2010. These children's books are illustrated by Kelly Chapman and published by DreamEngine Media Group [11].

Baboulene has also written a practical academic work on Story Theory — The Principles that Lie Beneath All Good Stories — (publication March 2010) [12], and is working towards a doctoral thesis through which he is undertaking original research into the power and mechanisms of subtext, and developing an objective set of metrics for assessing the 'value' of a story based on this work; i.e., how popular it is likely to be with a mainstream audience[13].

David delivers seminars on story principles to creative writing clubs and other forums [14].

He appeared on BBC Radio 4 "Excess Baggage" [15] with Sandi Toksvig talking about his travels aboard merchant ships, specifically the crew's attitude towards passengers.

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Travel Books

  • Baboulene, David (2009). Jumping Ships (1st edition ed.). Summersdale Media Group. pp. 320 pp.. ISBN 978-1-84024-591-2.  
  • Baboulene, David (2007). Ocean Boulevard (1st edition ed.). Summersdale Media Group. pp. 320 pp.. ISBN 978-1-84024-590-5.  
  • Baboulene, David (2002). The Blue Road (1st edition ed.). Summersdale Media Group.. pp. 32 pp.. ISBN 978-1840242348.  

Children's Books (Illustrated by Kelly Chapman)

  • Baboulene, David (2008). Kepple the Kite (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media Ltd.. pp. 32 pp.. ISBN 978-0-9557089-0-9.  
  • Baboulene, David (2010). Oopsie - I Forgot! (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media Ltd.. pp. 32 pp.. ISBN TBD.  

Screenplays

  • Mere Mortals (2004)
  • Clonk and the Birdman (2008)
  • Mayakin (2009)

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References

  1. ^ Baboulene, David (2007). Ocean Boulevard (1st edition ed.). Summersdale Media Group. pp. 320 pp.. ISBN 978-1-84024-590-5.  
  2. ^ Baboulene, David (2009). Jumping Ships (1st edition ed.). Summersdale Media Group. pp. 320 pp.. ISBN 978-1-84024-591-2.  
  3. ^ The Argus, 2007
  4. ^ Baboulene, David (2002). The Blue Road (1st edition ed.). Summersdale Media Group.. pp. 32 pp.. ISBN 978-1840242348.  
  5. ^ http://www.summersdale.com
  6. ^ Mark Green - TalkSport Radio
  7. ^ Duncan Barkes - Spirit FM
  8. ^ http://www.euroscript.co.uk/previous_winners.html
  9. ^ Baboulene, David (2008). Kepple the Kite (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media Ltd.. pp. 32 pp.. ISBN 978-0-9557089-0-9.  
  10. ^ Baboulene, David (2009). Oopsie - I Forgot! (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media Ltd.. pp. 32 pp.. ISBN TBD.  
  11. ^ http://www.dreamengine.co.uk
  12. ^ Baboulene, David (2010). The Principles That Lie Beneath All Good Stories - Guidance for writers on story creation, optimisation and problem resolution (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media Ltd. pp. 540 pp. ISBN 978-1-84024-591-2.  
  13. ^ University of Brighton - Supervisors Professor D. Phillips and Professor Ivor Goodson.
  14. ^ http://www.euroscript.co.uk/david_baboulene.html
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lj8yr#synopsis

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David "Windy" Baboulene (born March 13, 1960) is a British author of humorous books on ships and travel, as well as illustrated children's books and books on Story Theory.

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Jumping Ships (2009)

Baboulene, David (2009). Jumping Ships (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media with Summersdale Publishers. pp. 320 pp.. ISBN 978-1-84024-591-2.  

  • There is a reason why you only see those adventurous types marching off into crocodile infested waters and uncharted jungles up the Congo. Marching into somewhere like Newcastle city centre on a Saturday night is too damn wild, that’s why. I became overwhelmed with a desire to go to Sunderland. And it’s not very often you hear someone say that.
  • The criminal clearly wasn't expecting to find me there. He looked back at me with an expression of sheer balaclava written all over his face.

The Principles That Lie Beneath All Good Stories (2009)

Baboulene, David (2009). The Principles That Lie Beneath All Good Stories (1st edition ed.). DreamEngine Media with Summersdale Publishers. pp. 540 pp.. ISBN 978-1-84024-591-2.  

  • A writer who denies the need for structure in his work is like a squash player who claims his brilliance removes the need for a wall.
  • Stories are the architects of the human mind.

Articles

  • On summer evenings, before bathtime, my dad used to pick me up by the ankles and swing me round and round! Then one arm and one leg! Like an aeroplane - Wheeeee! We trashed that bathroom.
  • I played football for a team of therapists. I scored a goal and instead of coming over to congratulate me, they all went rushing across to the opposition goalkeeper to pat his hand and see if he was all right…
  • Failure in any given subject is the first qualification towards becoming a teacher.

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