Steve Nash is a writer, lecturer, musician born in Yorkshire. His work has been published widely and internationally, and he was named the Saboteur performer of the year from a shortlist that included Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish and Sophia Walker.
Steve is a popular and sought-after performer whose performances have been praised as highly as his written word. For any enquiries please contact Steve at:
Praise for Steve's Writing/ Performance:
"Perhaps the most significant highlights of the night included appearances from the acclaimed, and might I add, rather roguish wordsmith Steve Nash... Nash’s opening poem ‘Hutch’ was delivered with an air of swarthy maleficence quite befitting a poem about a flesh eating bunny rabbit, and his stage presence is nothing less than captivating, suave, and yet somehow curiously alarming."
- Nathalie Reed One&Other Magazine
"The rich returns of reading Steve Nash’s poetry are infinite - not only does the experience guarantee readers entertainment, thought-provoking questions and spiky humour, but his work will cause you to discover energising new ways to contemplate the world, and as a poet I have found myself taken aback at the radical techniques with which he writes, making Steve Nash’s poems somehow as innovative and stylistically instructive as they are enjoyable to the eye or ear."
- Simon Zonenblick Ryburn Ramblings 2014
"Steve brings laughter, not just giggles. Think boiling water rather than tepid."
- Uni of York Poetry Society Review Click here for the full review
"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"
"He's brilliant... But I'm voting from a Weatherspoons so maybe my vote shouldn't be counted"
- James Webster - Sabotage Reviews Click here for the full performance awards article
"What a guy! Is there anything he can't do?"
- Maggie Cobbett - Author
PRAISE FOR THE CALDER VALLEY CODEX:
'Steve Nash's 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
Praise for Taking the Long Way Home:
“Taking the Long Way Home is the work of a rare artist with a fire in his head, but it is also an important addition to poetry in the English language. It is cutting edge without being pompous, it is technically brilliant whilst remaining accessible, it’s intelligent without being pretentious. In short it is one of the finest first collections I’ve ever encountered and it deserves your time and attention.”
- One and Other, June 2013
"Steve Nash's life has been that of a wanderer, like a rolling stone or a troubadour. His poetry, with its welcome diversity of forms and subjects, leaves, to quote the rock poet's own words in a fine poem about snow: 'footprints glittering like a narrative in the snow.' This debut collection is full of poems that leave 'footprints' that invite the reader to follow."
- Debjani Chatterjee, MBE
"It's a good 'un"
- Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureatte
“after reading Steve’s collection of poetry those who disliked, hated or felt general apathy towards poetry will be transformed and converted.”
- Soundsphere Magazine
"Whether weighty or whimsical, the poems that make up Steve Nash's first collection are finely tuned to the physicality of his world: the scuff of a match, a paperback pummeled into a pocket, the throb of iron-heavy blood. It is this tactile immediacy that keeps these crackling in the memory long after the book is closed."
- Oz Hardwick, Poet
"The whole collection feels like sitting up at four in the morning after getting back from a club, when everyone else has gone home, thinking about friends, with a slight headache that will go away with the next glass of whiskey. That's a good thing."
- Steve Toase, Writer