Monday, 27 February 2017

The Poetry Show - With Special Guest... Me!

The lovely PodPeeps over at the Poetry Show invited me to come and have a ramble about History.

Have a listen at the following links:


You can find their Facebook page over here:

and check out their website over here:



Monday, 16 January 2017

Best of Derbyshire Poets 2017! Featuring Mort, Matt, Markham & Me (and Jamie whose name really ruined that bit of over alliteration)

Looking forward to returning to the ole stomping grounds for the Best of Derbyshire Poets gig on Jan 28th in Chesterfield.

"Great line up for this, including a rare home town appearance from Helen Mort, Derby's Word Wise poets Jamie Thrasivoulou and Michael Markham, Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Steve Nash, all topped off by a set from resident musical genius Ichabod"

More details abound over here:
Click here for the Facebook event page

Hope to see some of y'all there :)


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

New Poetry Podcast - Available Now!

 A brand new poetry podcast is available now.  Each week the wonderful Rose, Alan, Laurence, and Charli, discuss a new theme and share their some poetry.
There's guests too including the likes of Kate Fox, and me!
Check out their twitter page for more details and links at the link below.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Calderdale Library Services - Reading Series (aka Morning Surgery with Dr Nash)

In addition to Calderdale Library Services placing copies of The Calder Valley Codex in libraries across the area, they've also organised a series of reading events.

The first one will be at Sowerby Bridge library on Saturday the 10th of December.
Here's what they had to say:

Then at 11am on Saturday 10th we’re delighted to welcome award-winning local poet Steve Nash. Steve will be reading from his hot-off-the-press collection of poetry, The Calder Valley Codex, inspired by the natural landscapes and industrial heritage of Calderdale.

There will be a reading and a Q&A. Do come on down and grill me, have a chat, or just come and hang out with some lovely people.

Thanks again to the Calderdale Library Services for their support.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Anthology from Beautiful Dragons Press

The new collaborative anthology from Beautiful Dragons - Not A Drop: Just Oceans of Poetry
is out not featuring work from many wonderful poets, and my own piece 'Hudson Strait'

You can find their website over here:

It's always lovely to be involved in the collaborations and the anthologies never disappoint.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Calder Valley Codex - Out Now

My new pamphlet, The Calder Valley Codex is available now over at the Book Shop:
Click here to buy a copy

'Steve Nash's poems speak with a 'feral tongue', honouring the Calder valley, a landscape of breathing chimneys, swooning moors and night-sky stories. This collection celebrates the desire paths we forge through language as well as through landscape. The poems of The Calder Valley Codex make you 'press your ear to the page' and listen truly'
- Helen Mort

'Millstone grit and the shadow of the industrial earnestness sing the song of the upper Calder valley. Steve Nash writes about these 'edgelands' with skill and artistry, captures the idiolect of their 'haunted geography' in sharp, relevant imagery and thoughtful, precise language. These are very fine poems indeed. I have enjoyed them immensely. You will too.'
- Bob Horne

Thanks to everyone who has supported me, and the publisher throughout the wee book's development.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Wanna See Something Really Scary?

The launch is just two days away.  You can find the Facebook event page over here:

Please come and join us - Fancy dress optional (as always!)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Calder Valley Codex - Coming Soon

My new collection, The Calder Valley Codex will be released on Halloween.
The launch will include guest readings from the wonderful Helen Mort,
and Calder Valley's own goth sweary fairy Gen Walsh.  More details to follow shortly :D

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Science Fiction Research Association Review

A big thanks to the SFRA for putting my thoughts in issue 316 of the review.

Apocalypse, destiny, monsters, and other such ponderings in digital media.
Validating far too much time spent with Fallout 4 and Titan Souls.
You can find the issue (Spring 316) over here:

Happy reading

Thursday, 2 June 2016

#FeatureFriday @ Ink in Thirds

 The lovely folks over at Ink In Thirds were kind enough to make me their Feature Friday artist last week.

 You can check out their unique take on an interview at this link:


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

New Anthology: Out now! (watch out it's a scary one)

Delighted to announce that my poem 'The Hag of Eagle Crag' a poem from my upcoming 'Calder Valley Codex' collection is included among an oozing of other macabre and disturbing poems in Pankhearst's new Slim Volume: See into the Dark.

You can get it here:

Happy (though terrifying) reading everyone! x

Three Drops from a Cauldron - Welcome their new member... ME!

I'm pleased to report that I've recently joined the team over at the gorgeous Three Drops from a Cauldron.  You can find us over here:

Run by the magnificent Kate Garrett, I'll be joining Robert De Born as a reviewer for the press.

Here's my big face from the page:

Come and have a look and maybe send us some of your own works and words :D

My first review for the Press is up now too over here:

Monday, 9 May 2016

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Chorlton Arts Festival - 24th May

I'll be performing alongside Midnight Shelley at the Chorlton Arts Festival on the 24th May.
There's open mic slots available if you book quickly.

The Facebook page is over here (add a comment to book an open mic slot in support of myself and Midnight):

And the Festival page is over here:

Come join us!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Bradford Literature Festival - 26th May

The Bradford Lit Fest is nearly upon us - and yes that is Nadiya from Bake Off on the page opposite my big face, but come to our event instead! - Mildly Erotic Poetry - with Mona Arshi, Sophia Blackwell, Victoria Gatehouse, Jo Brandon, Emma Wright, Sudeep Sen, and me.  You know you wanna :) x

The event page is over here:

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Ink in Thirds - New Poem: Salt on the Lips

Issue 2 of Ink in Thirds is available now at this link

There's some wonderful work in there, plus a new piece from me - 'Salt on the Lips' a poem from my upcoming chapbook: The Calder Valley Codex

You can follow them on Twitter @inkinthirds


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Calder Valley Poetry - New Website Designed by Me

I've recently been tinkering away at the new website for the marvelous Calder Valley Poetry.

Run by the inimitable Bob Horne and growing by the day.  With books from the likes of John Foggin, Steve Ely, and Peter Riley, Calder Valley Poetry is a wonderful addition to the poetry landscape, particularly for us in Happy Valley.

I hope the site design does them some justice.

You can take a look over here:

 You can also follow on Twitter @poetry_calder


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

ArtsBridge - For ages 11+ Poetry Workshop with ME!

This weekend there are some fabulous family-friendly, and young-folk-focused events in Sowerby Bridge.

My event for 11+ is a poetry workshop titled: YOU'RE ALREADY AN AWESOME POET
So, come and let me show you why on Sunday the 24th  12-1:30 totally free of charge at The Works on Hollins Mill Lane.

You can find all the details for the whole weekend over here:

Come and join us!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

York Lit Fest - Tomorrow!

Tomorrow night (Weds 23rd) at the Black Swan in York.

I'm delighted to be involved again this year.  I'll be sharing a stage with the wonderful Helen Mort, Kate Fox, Jim Higo, Ben Wilkinson, and Peter Knaggs at the Festival Wrap Party on Wednesday the 23rd.

Come join us :)

More details are available on the facebook page at the following link:


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! - Perfect New Anthology

Happy Valentine's Day my lovelies and lovers! The Emma Press timed the release of their gorgeous new anthology (which includes my poem 'Critical Reading') rather beautifully.

Even the Telegraph got in on the action with a feature yesterday:

The book contains some stunning writing from some of my favourite writers, and of course Emma Wright's ever-perfect illustrations.

You can grab a copy for those most midly erotic of peoples in your life over here:

Have a mildly erotic weekend everyone ;)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics

My review of the Chrissy Williams & Tom Humberstone edited Over the Line is up now over at Sabotage Reviews.  You can find my thoughts at this link:

Spoilers... I really liked this one.


Friday, 5 February 2016

I Am Art - Thanks to Sam Zuppardi!

Illustrator extraordinaire Sam Zuppardi had a busy night at the York Lit Fest Programme Launch creating some gorgeous pics of the performers.

Here's his (very flattering) version of me and my rambles. 

You can find his other pics from the night over on his blog here:

Please do go and show him some love.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Flood of Thanks!

A huge thank you and well done is due to all the other acts/ bands and organisers of the Floods of Sound flood relief fundraising gig.  We managed to raise a whopping £2000 by generally having a great time and getting a wee bit tipsy.  Special nod of appreciation to the mighty Dave Sykes for his superhuman efforts.

This from the Bull on the Bridge:

"Wow what a weekend FLOODS OF SOUND has been!

A BIG thank you to all who have helped organise this event we wouldn't of been able to do it without everyone's help, it was defiantly amazing and all the bands were on point! Thank you to all those who also came to support us we was rammed to the rafters both days!
Lots of people also generously gave monies to the flood fund and we can now reveal that we managed to raise £1,936.15! However we then had one brilliant guy at the end throw in the £64!!
Which gives us a grand total of ...

As we were so busy last night and we wanted to keep raising as much as possible, so we are drawing the raffle today and all winners will be notified and will be able to pick up there prizes from Sowerby Taps 😊
Once again a BIG THANK YOU ALL 😊"

And here's the obligatory shot of me being my usual super professional self:


Monday, 4 January 2016

Floods of Sound! A Fundraiser for Victims of the Sowerby Floods - 16th/17th of Jan

Come and join us for a great cause Next weekend.

The floods have caused massive devastation and the Bull on the Bridge has pulled together a weekend of live music to raise money for those worse affected.

I'm honoured to say I've been asked to kick this mini festival off - so please please come and join us o Saturday the 16th - I'll be starting things off at 1pm sharp.  Please come and show your support if you can.

Thanks for listening/ reading.  Happy (dry) new year all :) x

York Literature Festival Programme Downloadable Now!

The 2016 York Literature Festival Programme is available to download now from the YLF site here:

I'm delighted to be involved again this year.  I'll be sharing a stage with the wonderful Helen Mort, Kate Fox, Jim Higo, Ben Wilkinson, and Peter Knaggs at the Festival Wrap Party on Wednesday the 23rd.

Come join us :)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

York Lit Fest 2016 - The Launch Party

On Saturday the 9th of Jan we'll be kicking off the New Year the right way over in York for the York Lit Fest Launch Party at the Basement.

"To celebrate the launch of the 2016 York Literature Festival programme,  an evening of music, comedy and poetry with some very talented York artists.

The line-up includes: Anneliese Emmans-Dean, Oz Hardwick, Carole Bromley, J T Welsch, Steve Nash, Lizzi Linklater, Terry Kay, Wendy Pratt, Robert Powell, Salter and James and more. 

Festival tickets will be on sale at a reduced price on the evening."

I'll also have the pleasure of doing a show during the Fest with the wonderful pairing of Helen Mort, and Kate Fox - more details on that to follow.

Tickets available over at the link below:!york-lit-fest-party/cd6k

Monday, 23 November 2015

New Anthology - Launch Next Friday!

Beautiful new anthology - MY DEAR WATSON - a poem for every element out next week, with poems from some truly wonderful writers (plus me).

The launch details (Manchester next Friday) can be found on this wee pic right ere:
Insert - Sherlock-themed comments below ;)

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Ryedale Fun, 300 Kids, and a Killer Line up

What a marvelous day we had at the Ryedale Book Festival this year, where myself, John Hegley, Anneliese Emmans Dean, and Andy Seed performed for and then judged the students of a variety of Yorkshire schools at the P-Factor Grand Final.

Anneliese has written a fine write-up over at:

Congrats to the winners, and to all the finalists - most of whom, I'm fairly sure, put more effort into their performances than we did ;)


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A Video Celebrating My Scribbles from Caterpillar Poetry

Huge thanks to the lovely Caterpillar Poetry peeps for this lovely video celebrating my writing.

I'm not sure why they decided such a celebration was in order but I shall not complain.

You can find the video over at their Youtube page here:

"The Long Way Home: A Celebration of the Poetry of Steve Nash"

And why not follow on Twitter @Caterpillarpoet

Monday, 14 September 2015

The P-Factor (or Hanging with Hegley)

More Ryedale Book Festival fun!

This from the organisers:

 "John Hegley is coming to the Festival this year for a fabulous, fun day of poetry. He will run a poetry workshop in the morning and will be joined by three other poets: Andy Seed (Winner of the Blue Peter Award for Best Book with Facts), Anneliese Emmans-Dean and Steve Nash.

In the afternoon, we’ll hold the P Factor Grand Final with the four poets, acting as judges. The winning team receive a trophy and will also have a chance to perform their poem during the Festival on Saturday 10th October as part of Andy Seed’s show.  The P Factor is an inter-school ‘X-Factor’ style competition. Pupils from Years 3 and/or 4 from each school will pick a poem and perform it as part of the Grand Final P Factor in the afternoon. 
For the first time this year, we are also planning on setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of children to recite Baa Baa Black Sheep."

As ever - click the link below for the details:

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Ryedale Book Festival

October 10th at 9:45 (just after the mighty John Hegley) this be happening:

Steve Nash, Rose Drew, Alan Gillott & Laurence O'Reilly + Ian Douglas+ The Book Shop Band

In a unique poetry/theatre hybrid, four performers each showcase drastically different approaches to spoken word. Alan, Laurence, Rose and Steve are professional poets, with very separate agendas forced to collaborate on a show. Their debates will take us on a journey through romance, personal torment, politics and comedy.
Music will be provided by the Bookshop Band and you can also enjoy stories from Ian Douglas.

It's totally FREE! But here's the link anyhoo:
Click Here for the link

Monday, 7 September 2015

Close as Second Skins Review

My thoughts on Oz Hardwick and Amina Alyal's collaboration Close as Second Skins are viewable for your very own eyeholes over at Sabotage now.

Spoilers - it's a wee bit special (and not in the way my mum used to tell me I was)

Click this ere link below for the review x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Inspiration: A Space for Words - Book Launch!

Delighted to have two poems included in this rather gorgeous anthology from Indigo Dreams.

I'm sure you'll recognise many of the names in here and many of us will be reading at the launch on the 2nd of September in Leeds.

More details for the launch night are available at this link:

Come join us - hugs for all ;)

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Dr Steve - Level Up!

Well, it's been a long and uppity downitty road but it's finally a thing - I levelled up, thanks in no small part to my friends, family, colleagues, guinea pigs, and supervisors.

Thanks for the support, hugs, and drinks everyone :) x

Friday, 1 May 2015

Evidently - The Anthology

One of the best spoken word nights around - Evidently, Salford, run by the tireless Kieren King and Ella Gainsborough have released this stunning little tome filled with some of the finest guests they've had over the past few years (plus me).

For all things Evidently - they now have a radio show, YouTube Channel, and of course the monthly shindig - visit the link below for their site.  Lovely people who deserve everyone's attention :)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Spire Writes - Chez Vegas BABY!

Had me a grand ole time with the lovely Helen Mort back in Chesterfield guesting at her quite marvelous Spire Writes event.

Thanks for having me and I look forward to coming back soon! :)


Thursday, 22 January 2015

2014 in review (back on the grid)

What a year it was.  A year so vast and eventful that it shunted my brief look back at it a few weeks into its much anticipated follow-up - 2015: The Fifteenening!  The final event in the most eventfullest of years has been the moving of house which has forced me off the grid into the wasteland of non-internetness.  Seriously - has anyone tried it lately? It's bleak out there beyond the web wall - it's like an entire world as barren as myspace.

Anyhoo - survived did I the abyss of a wifi depleted world and now I return to you even more entwined in the realm of the cyberwebs than ever - I may well have an ethernet cable plugged directly into my earballs.  Although surely if technology was advanced enough to jack straight in, one would also have a wireless capability in one's brain no?  These are just some of the things your brain can get to musing over when left without the constant distraction fodder of the internet - seriously just a few weeks and the lack of constant interweb stimuli has sent me all peculiar.

But. I digest...

The point was (yes I had a point - shush yo face), that 2014 was quite the year.  We had weddings, awards, gigs by the bucketload, interviews, festivals, anthologies, more gigs, awards, and a hug or three. 
In addition to getting to hang out with some ace people who I've been a huge admirer of for years (some pictured, others less so to spare their embarrassment and shame at having hung out with me), I was and still am utterly dumbfounded and delighted to have been nominated alongside poetry Gods such as Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Sophia Walker, and Lucy Ayrton, for the Saboteur Awards.  I still have no idea how I won the thing let alone got shortlisted but thanks to anyone who gave me a vote - I owe you all drinks and hugs and anything - hell, take my guinea pigs if you like, you've earned em.

Getting to meet the Sabotage Reviews team was a bit special too - previously they'd just been names that had wrung a certain awe out of me - but it turns out they're just lovely normal(ish) people.  Seriously if you see Claire Trévien in the street, you have my permission to just go right on up to her and offer her a hug (though doing so is still at your own risk).

  Here's what James Webster (spoken word head honcho) had to say about the award:

"One of the best things for me about the Saboteur Awards is that so often the nominees are performers or events that just haven’t been on my radar and this was definitely one of these cases. While I was familiar with the genre-subverting brilliance of Lucy “Lullabies to Make Your Children Cry” Ayrton, the word-whirling hilarity of Hollie McNish and the lyrical, phrase-turning joys of Sophia Walker, there was one big surprise on the list for me. Which is probably mainly due to my being a Southern philistine who rarely ventures further north than Birmingham, but still…
What made it doubly surprising was that the winner managed to shove Ted-Hughes winning spoken word superstar Kate Tempest into second place. Tempest was aptly described as a “poetry god” by voters and is Spoken Word’s biggest name, so to take the top spot from her is no mean feat.
And in the end Steve Nash was the performer to do it. He wowed us during the day with a performance dripping with charm and stage presence, then won over the audience all over again with an amazingly humble acceptance speech. Voters said:
more charisma than your average rockstar
an incredible package”
Because he’s brilliant. But I am voting from a weatherspoons so maybe my vote should be discounted
 I won't bore you with all the ins and outs of every event and article that I was fortunate enough to darken with my oafish presence, but here's a few links to some of my personal highlights:

Ryburn Ramblings said some lovely things about my scribbles:
Click here for the Article by Simon Zonenblick

One&Other did a Q&A with me (I especially enjoyed this as it was one of my former students who was doing the grilling for the publication):
 Click here for the interview with Beth Copeland of One&Other

Then even Write Out Loud were willing to come chat to me.  I felt like a geeky girl in an American romcom who'd just removed her glasses :) - Strange really as this was the year I finally got my first pair of glasses - the world truly is a mysterious vortex of magical improbabilities no?
Erm, so, yeah here's the Write Out Loud chat:
Click here for the WriteOutLoud interview

And then, YorkMix asked me to write about myself - which was excruciating but here it be anyway:
Click here for the YorkMix article

Big final thanks need to go to those who had me come guest for them at some amazing events or for letting me share a stage with them - Helen Mort (fellow Chez Vegas alumni), the inimitable Kate Fox, Kieren King and Ella Gainsboro @ Evidently, Genevieve Walsh @ Spoken Weird, Izzy and Darren @ Artsbridge, Mycall Isrell @ Step4word, Jim Higo, Andy Humphrey, Dai Parsons, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Sarah L. Dixon, Greg White/ Flopsy, Jem Henderson, Steve Toase, Vicki Bartram, Oz Hardwick, Claire DeTamble, Dom Smith, my fearless publishers Stairwell Books - Alan & Rose, Miles Salter, and everyone else I'm definitely forgetting.

Looking forward to all 2015 has in store including the Quiet Compete Tour, York Lit Fest and hopefully plenty more - but no more car crashes (well only the ones on stage).

Here is a massive cyber hug for you all:

Give me a shout any time - let's do something together in 2015.


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Write Out Loud's Review of the Year

What a year it's been.  A big thanks to Write Out Loud for their support and kind words this year, and for including me among the illustrious names that make up their review of the year here:


 Enjoy the festivating everyone :) - unless of course you have other plans ;) x

Catch me on the Radio

I was lucky enough to be invited to chat to Mycall Isrell Vibrations on his Step faWord radio show  this month. We chat poetry, I do some bits, and he even plays some Pistols for me x

 I know a few people caught it live but here's a link to the soundcloud page in case anyone fancies a listen:

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas with the Fox

What a glorious Christmas knees, arms, and elbows up we had at the Bloomin' Words Christmas Cabaret.  Huge thanks to Kate Fox for inviting me along to perform and to the gorgeous White Rose Bookshop for letting my book take up some shelf space.

Merry Christmas one and all! x