'Stephen May manages to balance hilarity and sadness in every sentence' Suzanne Berne


Stephen May

I 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.

August 1 - Official Launch of We Don’t Die of Love Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge 7-9pm FREE
August 12-August 17 - Refining and Editing Your Fiction, Ty Newydd, Criccieth, N Wales with Mavis Cheek (guest Darcy Nicholson)
Tuesday September 10 - Eller Book Club, Ossett 7pm - 8.30pm
Thursday September 12 - London launch of We Don't Die of Love Blackwells Bookshop Holborn, 6.45pm - 8.30pm free
Saturday September 14 - book signing The Book Corner, Saltburn 2pm onwards
September 25 - Wythenshaw Library
September 28 - Creative Writing Workshop, Marlborough Literary Festival
Sunday September29 - What The Papers Say, Marlborough Literature Festival 10am
Sunday September 29 - Writing masterclass, Marlborough Literature Festival 2pm
October 12 - Off The Shelf Festival, Sheffield
Tuesday October 15th - East Riding Festival of Words, Willerby Library
Wednesday October 16 - 6 - 7.30pm Hull Central Library
Saturday October 19 - Creative Writing masterclass, Ilkley Literature Festival
Tuesday October 29 - 7pm Wetherby Library
Saturday November 9 - Todmorden Book Festival, AA Dhand and Clara Barclay