Here are some events I’m taking part in during the next few months; more may be added as and when. 

If you wish to find out about writing workshops I might be running contact me directly at

May 21, 2020

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Poetry Dinner, Tommy’s, 5, Hope Street, Filey YO14 9DJ

As part of the Filey Literature Festival, I’m reading with Valley Press poets Wendy Pratt and Ralph Dartford.

Apr 25, 2020

Sunday 26th April

London reading with Reuben Lane and Mia Farlane, time and venue to be confirmed.

Mar 26, 2020

Launch of, ‘Age is Just a Number’, Hare Hill House, Littleborough, OL15 9HF

Thursday 26th March, 2pm

Wonderful poetry celebrating ageing, in a collection I had the honour of editing.

Mar 06, 2020

‘Rebels without Corsets’, Seven Arts, 31A, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD

Friday 6th March, 8pm

I’m reading alongside Otley Courthouse Writers, Kevin Holloway and the fabulous CJ Smith Band.

Mar 05, 2020

World Book Day at King James’ School, Knaresborough

Thursday 5th March, all day

Feb 07, 2020

Leeds Gay Community, MESMAC, 22-24 Blayd’s Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD

Friday 7th February, 7pm

I’m reading and chatting about my latest poetry which focuses on favourite buildings and places in Leeds.

Jan 25, 2020

North Bridlington Library, Marton Gate, Bridlington YO16 6YD

Saturday 25th January, 11am

The presentation of prizes for the East Riding and Larkin Poetry Competition, judged by Wendy Pratt, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Professor James Booth and myself.

Mar 16, 2018

Writing On Air Festival 2018

Day 2 - 17.15pm - On the Edges

Writing on Air 2018. Chapel FM's own broadcast literature festival. Fifty original word-based radio programmes broadcast between 15-18th March 2018. When & where. From Thursday 15th March 10:30am - Sunday 18th 4:30pm. 

Day 2 - 17.15pm - On the Edges

Otley’s Courthouse Writers, with James Nash, invite you into the borderlands through poetry, flash fiction and microdrama. 

Chapel FM
Old Seacroft Chapel
York Road
LS14 6JB

Mar 17, 2018

10.30am -1pm  

Super Sonnet Saturday

Saturday 17 March             10.30am -1pm          £15

Come to Super Sonnet Saturday and get to know some brilliant modern and traditional sonnets before setting out to write your very own with the support of James Nash and Trevor Millum. There will be small prizes for fourteen lines, bigger prizes for fourteen lines and a rhyme-scheme, and if you manage the full Shakespeare, much adulation. Expect fun, creativity and great writing from everyone!

James Nash is from Leeds. Widely published and well known on the literary circuit, the second edition of James’s Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets was published in 2014 and included a handful of new sonnets, first heard on BBC Radio 3.

Local writer Trevor Millum is most proud of his poetry collection, ‘Warning –Too Much Schooling Can Damage Your Health’. Infer what you like from that. As well as poetry and stories for younger readers he also writes quite sensibly for grown-ups and has been honing his sonnet writing skills for some years. He believes that with some guidance everyone can write a sonnet.

Aug 30, 2018

- 2nd Sept

NAWG - Weekend Writing Conference

NAWGFest is our annual open festival of writing.

On the weekend after the August Bank Holiday, like-minded writers with a broad spectrum of abilities, get together for an exceptional weekend, focussed on improving their writing.

The festival provides:

  • Opportunities to network with writers, agents & publishers.

  • Workshops run by professional tutors, to improve your writing.

  • All meals, including our annual Gala Dinner – a highly entertaining evening.

  • Awards ceremony for competition prize winners.

It's an open festival, so all are welcome to join us. Don't be shy we are a friendly group.

Feb 15, 2018

19:30pm - 21.00pm

Poetry Cafe Milim - Free Event

James Nash began his career as a teacher then decided to give it all up and become a writer.


He now spends much of his time travelling around the country talking to and interviewing writers about their work.

Brought up in the East Midlands, Stephanie Shields has spent her adult life in the north of England. She has combined sheep farming in the Washburn Valley, north of Leeds, with a career in further education.


Her short fiction and poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines and on radio. Her flash fiction and poetry have been shortlisted and longlisted for literature competitions. Steph’s first short story collection, Swan Landings, was published in October 2017, and is receiving very enthusiastic reviews.

The Lounge
Stonegate Way
Queenshill Avenue
LS17 6FD

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