Leach, David


Phone number: (250) 721-7627
Email: dleach@uvic.ca
Department: Writing

Research description:

- Magazine writing, editing and publishing creative non-fiction
- Literary journalism
- Humour writing
- Investigative journalism
- Adventure sports and eco-tourism
- Arts and culture journalism

Expertise Profile
Journalist and instructor David Leach would learn an important lesson after running away from university in his early 20s.

Communal living, as he saw it while staying on Kibbutz Shamir in Israel for nearly a year, is based on a sense of shared identity and common purpose he thought was useful for other communities to learn from.

Leach noticed that even their landscape design, with a ring road to keep cars to the periphery and house buildings on the inside, influenced the way people interacted with each other.

He's writing a book exploring how the Kibbutz movement changed over the years and what we can learn from their successes and failures. Leach wants people to have a deeper appreciation for the power of story and myth to bind communities together.

The art of the narrative is the umbilical cord that connects his research to his teaching. At UVic, Leach is the director of both the Professional Writing and Technology in Society programs.

Leach creates a sense of community in his classes and encourages his students to collaborate with different disciplines to see the world through other people's eyes. Students work in groups and role-play as magazine editors or entrepreneurs to tell their stories to their audience.

Leach's first book, "Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong," is an investigative piece told as a narrative that won the Special Jury Mention at the Banff International Mountain Book Festival. It reflects his wider interests in outdoor sports and the environment.

Related Links
David Leach's Faces of UVic Research video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeFWPd0Lt4M

Countries lived or worked in:

Leach has lived in Israel and the Czech Republic

Community projects

Leach is involved in research related to adventure travel on Vancouver Island, arts and culture in Victoria, and journalism in Victoria.

UVic Speakers bureau

David Leach takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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