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:


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 TrĂ©vien 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.