David Honeywell is a reformed offender turned author, writer and guest speaker.
David’s life of crime and reckless lifestyle began after a disastrous schooling and a short lived army career which led him to spend time in the military ‘glasshouse’ detention centre before being dishonourably discharged.
He was being treated for clinical depression from the age of 15 and developed an alcohol addiction from the age of 18. At the age of 20 he was sentenced to 30 months youth custody in Durham prison after committing a robbery in York and being involved in a serious wounding offence in Darlington.
With his accomplice, he went on the run after breaking out of a Middlesbrough porbation hostel he was residing at until being recaptured by the police.
After being released and with few employment options, he started working as a kitchen porter having worked in the kitchens of Durham prison. Although years later graduating to become a chef at prestigious hotels such as the Savoy, Ritz and Westminster in Le Touquet, France, his unstable lifestyle led him back to prison in 1995 for five years on another serious wounding charge.
David found a passion for learning and writing while incarcerated. This new path for him was influenced by lifers who he spent most of his time with which later turned his life around, a story he recounted in his autobiography, Never Ending Circles.