Stephen MayI like to perform. Too many writers are poor readers of their own work. They mumble and mutter, they seem almost to be apologising. If people have paid money to come to your event, you have a duty not to be boring. So I practice. I am rehearsed and if I’m in a discussion I try to give good value. I am candid, open and  opinionated. Over last few years I have performed at literary festivals such as Guernsey, Doncaster, Felixstowe, Gladfest, Wakefield, Marlborough, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Off The Shelf (Sheffield), Hay and Ilkley. I’ve also performed at pop festivals such as Deershed (Thirsk) Wilderness (Oxford)

I also like to teach. I’m an experienced teacher of writing to people of all ages and levels of experience. I have also taught writing to groups at for the Arvon Foundation, as well as for for Ty Newydd in Wales, Moniack Mhor in Scotland and Loutros in Crete.

I have talked to reading groups all over the UK from Anglesey to Wallsend; from Abingdon to West Bridgeford.

2017 events


March 14 Todmorden Library (with Martine McDonagh)

March 21 West Dean College, Chichester

March 23 Caxton Books, Frinton, Essex

March 24 Stronger Than Skin OFFICIAL LAUNCH, The Book Case, Market Street Hebden Bridge 7.30 - 9.00pm Free Entry. There will be wine.

March 29 Head In A Book, Hull Central Library


April 11 Eller Book Club, Ossett

April 20 Waterstones, Brighton (admission £3)

April 22 Conwy Library

April 26 Wivenhoe Bookshop, Wivenhoe Essex

April 27 Red Lion Bookshop, Colchester


May 4 Golden Hare Bookshop, Edinburgh

May 15 Fictions Of Every Kind, Wharf Chambers, Leeds

May 22 Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Manchester

May 24 Wythenshawe Library, Manchester

May 31 Novel Nights, Bristol


June 15 Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge Suffolk


July 1 Felixstowe Book Festival (chaired by Ruth Dugdall)


September 11-16 Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank residential Course (with Jess Richards)

Further events to be added – if you’d like to book an event call contact