The stunning new A Bee's Breakfast Anthology is out now.
There are too many wonderful writers in here to list them all, but I'm thoroughly proud to see my poem 'We Started at the Severn' rubbing shoulders with work from Carole Bromley, Oz Hardwick, Wendy Pratt, and a whole host of other talented poets.
In news of the otherworldly variety, after doing some work on H.P. Lovecraft recently, the fictional Miskatonic University of Arkham (yes, the one from Lovecraft's stories) has presented me with my overdue doctorate certificate - officially attained in 1898.
Apparently I've also been a faculty member for 119 years.
(is it wrong that I'm as proud of this Doctorate as I am of my actual Phd?)
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.
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.
PRAISE FOR THE CALDER VALLEY CODEX:
'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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ... ⭐⭐⭐ £2,000.15! ⭐⭐⭐
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:
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
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.
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.
"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. Pupilsfrom 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."
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.
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 :) http://evidentlysalford.net/