Wakefield Lit Fest: writer in residence


I've just been appointed as Writer in Residence for the first [ of many, I hope] Wakefield Lit Fest, a festival of reading and writing. There's a wonderful programme of events for the last week in September at various venues around the city, which culminates in a Readers' Day at the Orangery, a little oasis of green in the city, on Sunday 30th September.

Wakefield, full of history and yet cutting edge in terms of the Hepworth Galley and its ilk, has long been a favourite place of mine. I know there is a wealth of literary talent, a forest of keen readers, and wonderful performers, all of whom will make the festival an unforgettable experience.

I'll keep you posted as more details of the festival come my way.


A Mixed Bunch

One of the great privileges for me in the last year has been working as writer in residence with the massively-talented Otley Courthouse Writers. Invited to work with them last September, we have spent many happy and laughter-filled Friday afternoons, exploring different genres, whether it be poetry, short fiction or memoir writing.

My job has been to gently steer a group, whose vision and energy created the inaugural and wonderfully successful Otley Word Feast Festival in the spring of this year. It has been pure pleasure.

So it is with a great deal of pride that I announce a special event, a reading of our latest work, ‘A Mixed Bunch’ at the Washburn Heritage Centre [Swinstey Church] on Wednesday 8
th August at 7.30pm.

All proceeds from this reading and sale of the anthology will go towards the centre. Refreshments and wine are included in the ticket price £7.50 members/£9 non- members. And the anthology {pictured} will be on sale at a special price for this launch: £3.50 (rrp £5). The publication has been sponsored by Zoflora as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations.

A mixed bunch cover4CMYK

Booking is essential on 01943 880794.

To my slight embarrassment I am mentioned individually in the programme, and on the front of the anthology, apparently causing someone to say to a member of the Courthouse Writers,

‘James Nash, how did you get him?’

My reaction when I was told about this, was,

‘It’s simple, you just ask me and I mostly say yes. And a positive response is absolutely guaranteed for a fiver.’

Only joking….I'm very proud.