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About our members

York Writers has members with a wide range of interests and experience as writers. Some of our members have been extensively published; some just write for pleasure, or are only just beginning to submit for publication. Our range of enthusiasms encompasses novel-length and short fiction in a variety of genres, poetry, scriptwriting, children's writing, journalism and non-fiction.

Several of our members also run their own websites or blogs to promote their writing. Here are some short biographies and web links so you can find out more.

Vicki Bartram

Vicki is currently studying Creative Writing and English Language at York St John University. As well as writing poetry, short stories and music articles, she is also planning a non-fiction book with a cheeky twist, so watch this space! Her work has appeared in Indigo Rising US, Soundsphere, Pastiche, Turbulence Magazine and the Scottish Metro. She currently works with Stairwell Books, a small (but growing!) publishing press based in York and co-edits the poetry submissions for Indigo Rising UK. When Vicki isn’t writing she is busy running, reading and playing with her two young children.

Read Vicki's blog here.

David Dale

David Dale was born in York and has lived and worked in Germany, Sardinia, the USA, China, Taiwan and Japan. His published works include a novel entitled "A Tale of St Thomas" (available from Amazon.co.uk in both paperback and e-book form), poetry, and short stories about China. He also illustrates children’s books. Since his return to Clifton, York, he had dedicated his time to creating characters for children’s books.

David has featured on Chinese TV; you can view his exploits on a game show from Hebei Television here.

Watch David in action teaching English to Chinese students here.
Read David's interview and tips for writers on BBC North Yorkshire.
Read David's illustrated poem "This Is Our World".

Nick David

N.E.David is the pen name of York author Nick David. Nick tried his hand at writing at the age of 21 but like so many things in life, it did not work out first time round. Now older – and hopefully wiser – he’s taken it up again and has been successful in having a series of short novellas produced both in print and online.
More recently, his debut novel, Birds of the Nile, was published by Roundfire.
Nick writes character-based accessible literary fiction where he focuses on stories of human interest. He does it because it helps him make sense of his life and because he has things in his head he is driven to get down on paper. If he can make these resonate with the reading public, so much the better. He has no overt personal or political message to convey but his initial objective is to entertain the reader and he hopes this is reflected in his writing.
Besides being a regular contributor to Literary Festivals and open mics in the North East Region, Nick is also a founder member of York Authors and co-presenter of Book Talk on BBC Radio York.

NiN.E.David is the pen name of York author Nick David. Nick tried his hand at writing at the age of 21 but like so many things in life, it did not work out first time round. Now older – and hopefully wiser – he’s taken it up again and has been successful in having a series of short novellas produced both in print and online.

More recently, his debut novel, Birds of the Nile, was published by Roundfire.
Nick writes character-based accessible literary fiction where he focuses on stories of human interest. He does it because it helps him make sense of his life and because he has things in his head he is driven to get down on paper. If he can make these resonate with the reading public, so much the better. He has no overt personal or political message to convey but his initial objective is to entertain the reader and he hopes this is reflected in his writing.
Besides being a regular contributor to Literary Festivals and open mics in the North East Region, Nick is also a founder member of York Authors and co-presenter of Book Talk on BBC Radio York.

ck is a member of the York Writers committee and runs our recently established Novelists' Support Group for members who write longer fiction. As N.E. David, he has published three novellas, Carol’s Christmas, Feria and A Day At The Races all of which have been published by Stairwell Books. He is currently working on a debut novel, Birds Of The Nile, which he hopes to have available for publication soon.

Nick has recently taken the plunge into e-publishing. His novellas Feria and Carol's Christmas are now available to download for Kindle at a very reasonable £1.99.

 
Visit Nick's website and blog, http://www.nedavid.com/.

Read Nick's short story, Swan Lake, here (scroll down to the entry dated 2nd July 2012).

Sarah Dixon

Sarah Dixon is a prolific writer of short stories, usually Science Fiction or Fantasy but always with a hint of wonder. After spending her life wanting to write, but never reaching her own lofty standards she read the advice ‘Finish first, edit later’ and finally made it to the end of a chapter. She hasn’t stopped since. 

A wife and mother of two, it was the desire to write stories that challenged the lure of video games that led her to write her first children’s novel. Alfie Slider vs the Shape Shifter is an action adventure for 9-12-year-olds published by Silverwood Books.

 When not writing, Sarah enjoys working with schools to engage children with creative writing including delivering her workshop about social commentary in Sci-Fi titled ‘How Aliens Changed the World.’ You can find out more about Sarah at her website: www.sarahdixonwriter.com

Andy Humphrey

Andy is a former research scientist who now combines freelance writing with part-time study and a day job as a charity administrator. His CV of published work includes over 50 poems, numerous short stories (under the name A.J. Humphrey) and several pieces of scientific writing. He has won prizes in a number of poetry and short story competitions including the NAWG, Envoi, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Northampton Literature Group, Speakeasy and Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competitions. He loves sunsets, music, fairy tales, single malt whisky and ornithology, and has a bit of an obsession with Dragons.

His first poetry collection, A Long Way to Fall, was published by Lapwing Press in 2013.

Visit Andy's website to read samples of his poetry and short stories.

Andy is also available to run writing workshops, judge competitions or give performances of his work; booking details can be found on his website.

Further samples of Andy's poetry can be viewed on the performance poetry site Write Out Loud.

Andy runs The Poet's Soapbox, an opinion blog on issues in contemporary poetry, which has been quoted several times in the literary press.

Helen M Sant

Helen is a professional storyteller and an accomplished poet. She is a co-host of Speakers' Corner and was one of the leaders of the Festival of York Storytelling in 2012.

Visit Helen's website here.

 

 

 

Clint Wastling

Clint is a widely published writer of contemporary and speculative short stories, and a former Chair of York Writers. He has self-published a short story collection, Calico Blue and other stories, which can be ordered from Lulu or downloaded for Kindle.

Clint's website contains more information about his writing and further links to publications featuring his stories. He also writes poetry. 

Read Clint's story "The Loves of Ariel" here.
Read Clint's story "The Book of Love" here.
Read Clint's story "The Night Depository" here.