'a life in words'

Curriculum Vitae

I am a poet and performer with a growing reputation throughout the North and the UK.


After many years as a teacher, latterly, deputy head of a large inner-city comprehensive in Leeds - I  started working as poet and performer in 1996, and ran a reading and writing development course Grassroots, in conjunction with Leeds Libraries 97-98. After that I spent three years as 'Reader in Residence' for Kirklees Libraries, setting up reading groups and managing events in libraries throughout the Kirklees area - some may say, I have been a leader of literature development in the region for many years.

I have extensive experience as a compere, mentor, consultant and project manager within the education sector across all academic levels, this also includes Literary Festivals and community based projects. I have carried out and the following work as a team leader and as part of a team:

  • Working closely with the University of Leeds, in the School of Education, training future English teachers in how to teach creative writing.

  • Delivering creative writing classes in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK, particularly the North. This work has produced many anthologies of poetry written by young people and a recent project was featured as a public art installation in Barnsley.  Some of my most recent work has been working in local primary schools as part of the Headingley Literature Festival.


  • Training teams of English teaching staff across the Calderdale district to helping to develop literacy, reading and writing in schools.


  • Project managing and delivering workshops with writing groups and school groups on poetry, memoirs, fiction and performance skills.  In 2017, I worked with the inspirational 'Moved by Art' on a year long project with young people at the Humber Street Gallery in Hull as part of the City of Culture.



  • Broad journalistic experience writing about art and culture for the Yorkshire Metro, as a book reviewer and poetry editor for The Leeds Guide and section editor for Northern Exposure.


  • Advanced Diploma in Management, Sheffield 1982

  • MA in English Literature, Leeds University 1972


  • NAWE National Association of Writers in Education

  • NALD National Association of Literature Development Workers


  • Deadly Sensitive (1999)

  • in transit (2000)


  • Coma Songs (2003)


  • Leeds Stories (Comma Press) July 2003, short story, alongside Tony Harrison, Martyn Bedford and Tom Palmer

  • Stories in Naked City, Four Fathers, Wonderwall (Route) 2004, 2005, 2006.


  • Branch-lines (Enitharmon Press) 2007, poems in anthology, alongside Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion etc.


  • A Bit of an Icebreaker [kindle ebook] [Valley Press] 2012


  • Some Things Matter: 63 sonnets [Valley Press] 2012


  • Cinema Stories (Valley Press] 2015

  • Fourteen Festive Sonnets [editor] [Candlestick Press] 2017

  • A Bench for Billie Holiday (Valley Press] to be published 2018

All publications may be purchased via my Amazon shop.

© 2021 James Morgan Nash - Writer and Poet - Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom - james@jamesnash.co.uk 

All illustrations by Jacky Fleming including the line drawing of The Gansey Girl which is based on a sculpture by Steve Carvill that sits near the harbour in Bridlington