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

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Anthology - Out Now!

How Am I Doing for Time? Is an anthology celebrating 5 years of one of Yorkshire's most popular monthly spoken word nights, Poems, Prose and Pints.

I've been lucky enough to be the guest speaker twice in the past few years and have always had a blast.

The anthology contains regulars, and guests from a glorious half decade of booze and brilliance. There's a great mix of poets in here, from performers like Ash Dickinson, Hayden Cohen, and Laurence O'Reilly, favourite wordsmiths like Becky Cherriman, Siobhan MacMahon, Gaia Holmes, and Oz Hardwick, tireless champions of the local poetry scene like Rose Drew, Andy Humphrey, Winston Plowes, and Matthew Hedley Stoppard, and dear friends like Greg White, Michael Hildred, Steve Toase, and Jem Henderson, all edited and neatly wrapped by Tim Ellis.

There are more in there I should have mentioned but at just £2.75 it's worth letting you discover some of the delights for yourselves :)

Sadly the link I've been given to use is (hushed tones) amazon... but ne'mind eh?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

They'll let anyone in The York Press these days

York Press had a few words to say about me a wee while ago and a couple of pics.  Thanks to the Skillys for spotting it and not feeding my face to their fire :)

Full article is also available online here:

The Write Out Loud Interview

The lovely Greg Freeman was generous enough to spare some time to chat with me about life, love, and the ballooniverse for Write Out Loud.  Click the link below for the full interview:

New Anthology - Out Now!

A bit late on this one.
Apparently we had a few bikes in the area.
In celebration of this Stairwell have launched their latest beautiful slab of literary loveliness: Still Life with Wine & Cheese.
It's an anthology of art, poetry, and fiction from some wonderfully talented folks (plus me).

More info is available over at Stairwell here:

An Interview with Oz Hardwick @ Soundsphere

I got to have a pretty in-depth chat with one of my favourite writers (and favourite people).

My chat with the wonderful Oz Hardwick is now up over at Soundsphere:
Click here for the interview

They say never meet your idols, but on the rare chance they're anything like Oz you may just make a great and dear friend.

Guardian Witness - Spoken Word

A video of me performing 'The Good Book' recorded at Evidently Salford earlier this year topped the Guardian Witness Spoken word poll last week.  There's some wonderful stuff on there, uploaded by a diverse selection of poetificators, so thanks so much for all the votes you crazy wee beans :)

It's closed now but you can still check out the vids here:

Thanks to Kieren King for uploading the vid on my behalf too.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

New Leeds Open mic @ The White Swan

I had the good fortune of being invited to go along to the inaugural Pastiche Magazine Open Mic night at the White Swan in Leeds this week.

A wonderful array of performers, some familiar, some new to me, shared a diverse array of work in a gorgeous city centre pub.  And an old friend/foe even came and crashed my set (see photo).

If you fancy sharing, or just having a listen, then pop on down on the second Monday of every month.

More details here:
Click here for the Pastiche Facebook Page

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Ryedale Book Festival (An event for the wee ones)

Saturday October 11th - 10am til 11:30am
I'll be hosting this wonderful event at the Ryedale Book Festival.  The event's totally free and all children of any age are invited to come and share their own work or the work of their favourite writers and poets.  I'll be joining in with my own brand of daftness.  Please come and join us.
More info available here:

You'll have to scroll down the page past some guy called Michael Morpurgo to find it though ;)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

TheJunkyardProcession Issue 5 - Out now!

The Junkyard Procession Issue 5 including some superb work from across the wordy and artsy realms is out now. 
There's a few pieces from me in there too.

You can download a free pdf here:

or give them a like and submit some work of your own over here on that there Facebooks :)

Ryburn Ramblings - An Essay on lil old me


I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the marvelous Simon Zonenblick for sparing his time to check out my rambles and write an extremely generous essay.

You can find the article here: (it's the second essay down on the page as I write this, though as a rolling blog it'll drop further as time passes)
The Long Way Home: An Introduction to the Poetry of Steve Nash

I'm also looking forward to working with the talented chappy on several events for the upcoming Artsbridge festival in West Yorks - more details to follow on those.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Saboteur Awards Round Up

 Thanks to James 'The Thunder in the East' Webster for his write up of the performance section of the Saboteur Awards and his very kind words. I'm particularly grateful for the inclusion of the quote about my incredible package. Thanks for putting up with me - and thanks for voting. You've no idea how much it means to me - and I probably won't tell you cos I feel like I should probably just stay really quiet for a while now.

Here's the award - lego figures added for scale, and because, well, LEGO! 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Thank YOU all

It has been a strange old month so far, and I owe many people (a lot of whom I can't possibly even know, because I really don't know that many people), but for anyone who even gave a passing thought to nominating me, or voting for me, in the Saboteur Awards I just wanted to say:
Thank you so much.  It has been a hell of a twelve months and I'm humbled to receive such a vote of confidence from everyone who gave me a click.
Sabotage were even kind enough to include some of the comments that were written in the voting about me.  Some were touching, some were hilarious, some were bizarre (hot, me? seriously? you oddballs). 
I hope to do your comments and kindness justice throughout the rest of the year.
Click the link below to see the Write Out Loud article confirming that it happened:

Friday, 27 June 2014

New Anthology - Live From Worktown

Live From Worktown - currently presenting the first Bolton International Poetry Festival have been kind enough to find a place for my piece, 'Forklands and Flying Penguins' in their anthology.

There's still time to catch the Festival events - take a wee sneaky peak at what's on offer at the link below:

I was lucky enough to meet some of the folks involved, and I must also say a big thanks to co-organiser  Scott Devon for a grand afternoon and evening in Bolton.
I just about made it back in one piece.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Newfound Festival 2014

In May I was proud to be involved with a gorgeous new festival in Derbyshire.
For a fest in its first year, it was astonishing how well thought out and joyous the day was.
Music, Spoken Word, Art, Film all meshed together in a glorious splash of colour and inclusivity.

I don’t say it idly when I say – if you get the opportunity to be involved next year, grab that opportunity like the last party ring in the packet.

You can see the line-up here:

Check out a video of the day (apologies for my face being on it briefly a couple of times) here:

And keep up with the event – ready for next year - here:

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Media Hugs from the Homestead

The Derbyshire Times – the weekly paper from the land of my family – were kind enough to waste some of their page space on me a few weeks back.  Here’s the article in full Technicolor – apologies to anyone who’s already sick of my face ;P  

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Evidently me in York Mix

Not too long ago the grand folks at York Mix asked how I was doing.  They then decided an article about how I was doing might tickle the eyeholes of their readers.  They then decided the best person to write such an article would be me.  Those who know me will know that writing about me (unless it's abuse) is not something that appeals to me, but they insisted and so I had a go.

To offset the self-love somewhat, I attempted to turn the article into a long plug for the wonderful Evidently - Salford open mic night where I was guesting at the time.

Click here for the article:

Click here for Evidently's YouTube channel:

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

One & Other Magazine

Playing catch up after a very busy couple of weeks in Steve land.
Gigs, festivals, interviews, and awards.  I think I may have peaked.

Anyhoo - the lovely people over at One&Other were kind enough to do a Q & A session with me.

Here be the ramblings:

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Lady Named Zarina

For anyone keeping score in Steveland - it's been a hectic few weeks.

I did manage to squeeze in an interview with the formidable and ultra-lovely Zarina Zarinsky though.

Check out the interview over at Soundsphere for literature and music waffle :D

Click here for the article

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Cast Your Votes @ The Saboteur Awards

It's been a busy performance-filled few weeks over here in Steve land - performing all over Yorkshire, and capping things off with a guest slot at the marvelous Evidently Salford hosted by the one-man charisma machine that is Kieren King.  More posts to follow on that and the gigs still remaining this month (and next).

But first - please forgive the plug - I've been nominated for best performer at this year's Saboteur Awards. It's amazing to be on such a high quality 5-person shortlist against such high-profile performers.  You can follow the link below to vote for your faves.  The North is pretty well represented this year too, with familiar names in other categories - anyway that's enough of my JibbaJabba ;)

Click here to cast your votes in as many or as few categories as you like!

Coconuts to you all and hugs for anyone who votes (for anyone not just me).

Saturday, 3 May 2014

New Anthology from Beautiful Dragons

Very proud to be included in this unique anthology.

Heavenly Bodies: A Constellation of Poetry includes the work of Oz Hardwick, Amina Rose, Becky Cherriman, Amina Alyal, Miles Salter, Anne Caldwell, Jean Atkin, Bob Beagrie, Adrienne Odasso, and many more.

Watch this space for more news on where you can snag a copy of your own to pretty up your bookshelf :D 

Monday, 3 March 2014

A Girl Named Polly

Still playing catch up on the features and reviews here, but sticking with the literary theme...

Here's a feature we did on the formidable Polly Trope:
Click here for the feature on Polly

and, just to prove we're not blowing smoke up the unsmoked places, here's a review of her first book, Cured Meat:
Click here for the review
Thanks for reading :D

Friday, 21 February 2014

Here's to the spoken word

It has been a chilly and rather literary start to the new year.  Here's a wee interview I did with the marvelous Kieren King:

Click here for the interview with the man behind massively successful Spoken Word night: Evidently

Lots more interviews and reviews to come shortly - I'm playing catch up, shh don't let the bosses know ;)