Stairwell Books is proud to present its featured authors to a wider public. All our authors have been entertaining local audiences with their stories for many years and it is only fitting their best material should be published.

N.E. DavidN.E. 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. Following the death of his father in 2005, he took it up again and has been successful in having a series of short novellas published both in print and online.

Nick maintains he has no personal or political message to convey but that his objective is merely 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.
His debut novel, Birds of the Nile, is published by Roundfire... More...

John GilhamJohn Gilham

John is the editor of the international literary journal, Dream Catcher. He began writing and publishing his poetry in his teens and early twenties. After completing his education at Edinburgh and York, and a gap to experience some real life, John began writing again in the 1980s. John has been published in numerous magazines including Acumen, Dream Catcher, Aireings, Pennine Platform, Other Poetry, The North and The Rialto. John’s poetry is also included in Stairwell’s Exhibitionists, The Green Man Awakes and frisson. . More...
 

PJ QuinnPJ QuinnPauline KirkJo Summers

PJ Quinn is the pen name of mother and daughter team Pauline Kirk and Jo Summers. Jo challenged her mother to write a crime novel and, somehow, ended up writing it with her. The result is a series of detective novels featuring DI Ambrose and Chalk Heath, set in the late 1950s, a period of great change that seems like an era ago. Foul Play is the first novel, recently followed by Poison Pen and Close Disharmony, this third novel in the series appeared in 2014. For more information on either Pauline or Jo, click on their names above or on their pictures to the right. More...

Pauline Kirk

In addition to her alter ego as one half of PJ Quinn, Pauline has a life as a novelist in her own right. Astonishingly, as she and Jo have embarked on the fourth DI Ambrose novel, as yet untitled, we are proud to publish Pauline’s third solo novel, Border 7. More...

John WalfordJohn Walford

A graduate of the Skipton Writer’s Informal Group, John has been reading his finely observed essays with considerable acclaim to York audiences for some years. His stories were selected for publication in The Exhibitionists and the railway writing anthology Along the Iron Veins. John has long been interested in outdoor pursuits. In spite of the revelatory nature of his stories, John is a very private person; it only recently emerged that John’s alter ego is the cartoonist Wally who appeared in Friends of the Earth newsletters during the 1990s. More...

Tim EllisTim Ellis

Tim is a conservationist turned landscape gardener with a passion for poetry and bird watching. His first book was a collection of forty sonnets around a theme of birds called Birds of the World in Colour, published by Flarestack in 2003.  His poems have appeared in many magazines including The Dalesman, Orbis and the Poetry Society’s Poetry News.  He has won prizes in the Kent & Sussex and Nothampton Literature Group competitions, and was once long-listed for the Bridport Prize, and most recently in York and Huddersfield. More...

No less important is Tim’s partner, artist Robbie Burns, who collaborated with Tim to illustrate his poems. While still at art school, she won the Wynkyn de Worde Society competition and illustrated an edition of Phillip Larkin’s The Whitsunday Weddings.  She next embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator; her work appearing in the Radio Times, The Spectator and the Observer magazine. Some examples of Robbie’s work are included in her extended biography.

Michael HildredMichael Hildred

Lecturer and artist Michael Hildred, grew up in Selby during the war, sang in the Abbey choir, experienced firsthand the Selby floods of 1947 and made a name for himself for his significant contributions to art education while Head of Art and Design in a large community comprehensive school in Sheffield and at the Department of Aesthetic Studies at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh.
Michael now lives in East Yorkshire where he continues to paint but also writes poetry. Michael is a popular poet and is loved all around East Yorkshire, York and Leeds.
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Jackie SimmonsJackie Simmons

We first published Jackie in our very first anthology A First Tuesday in Wilton where she stood out as a woman who would speak her mind. She is a daring surrealistic writer who lives near Trumbull in Connecticut, occupies Wall Street, and turns her razor sharp microscope on the world around her. More...

 

A.L. MichaeA.L. Michaell

A.L. Michael is the pen name of London writer Andrea Michael. She enjoys the anonymity of big cities, and avoids making eye contact on public transport. Andrea decided to become a writer at age eleven, after the whole ‘secret agent thing’ fell through. This was, of course, our great fortune and having enjoyed a luminescent short story submitted to Dream Catcher we managed to catch her as a Stairwell Books author. More...

Andrew BrownAndrew Brown

Andrew likes to call himself a “performance writer”.  He has read his stories and poems across Yorkshire and North East England, and he regularly broadcasts his many characters and voices on Tempo FM (Wetherby's community radio station).  He is also co-author of Stray Ghosts, a set of spooky stories set in Harrogate (now out of print) and has recently issued an entertaining CD of eleven short stories called Andy in Short Shorts. More...

Donna Marie MerrittDonna Marie Merritt

Donna is the author of an impressive catalogue of books for children, adults, educators and pupils on a wide range of subjects from science for children and language arts to fiction for young people and books to help parents and teachers on a variety of subjects. She also has an extensive list of poetry published for both adults and the not so grown up readers. More...

 

Steve Nash

Steve is rapidly becoming a legend in York and Yorkshire as much for his dark, brooding, but remarkably pleasant personality as for his sharp wit and deep intellect. He is a formidable poet with a large and loyal following, not to mention a reputation as a hot Rock Singer, Lecturer, Vampire, and being small enough to not be noticed by the other Steve Nash.  More...

Steve’s first book, Taking the Long Way Home, is illustrated by Finnish artist and illustrator Malin Bergstrom.

Don WallsDon Walls

Don Walls is the voice of poetry in York.  He grew up in war time Britain to study English, History and French in Sheffield and London before joining the RAF. After leaving the air force and getting married, Don lived and taught in Turkey for some years before returning to join the staff at York College.  Don has previously published five books of poetry which have been well received. He is known and loved throughout the region for his finely observed wit which draws our attention to the ironies and injustices of modern life. More...

Maxine Ridge

Maxine RidgeMaxine brings a fresh perspective to fantasy writing and introduces Stairwell Books to the Young Adult Novel. Maxine is a member of an incredibly creative family. She is well traveled and has seen and experienced European society, not as a middle class traveler but as one of its victims. It is this perspective that informs her writing and offers an edge not often seen in the Young Adult genre. More...

Maxine’s first Novel, When the Crow Cries is illustrated by her aunt, Helen Ridge, who passed away while the novel was in production.

Clint WastlingClint Wastling

Geologist turned petro-chemical engineer turned chemistry teacher is well known as a Yorkshire writer and poet who grew up in Hull and North Yorkshire and who has used his deep knowlege of the geography and geology of the incredibly beautiful Yorkshire coatal area and of human relationships to create am incredibly moving and exciting first novel. More...

 

Paul LingaardPaul Lingaard

is one of our southern writers, well known in Hampshire writing circles as a consummate story teller.  Some years ago he took early retirement from his job as Head of Art in a good comprehensive – a gamble that has led him through a host of creative projects.  His writing developed alongside his sculptural work and a variety of other enterprises; he has a wry humour, and an eye for bizarre situations.  More...

 

 

Tim GoldthorpeTim Goldthorpe

A resident of Lincolnshire Tim brings to Stairwell a special insight into the mind of the schizophrenic creating a unique perspective of our modern world. More...

 

Shaunna HarperShaunna Harper

Shaunna, from Derbyshire, is a fresh young voice, observant and incisive, and she brings to her novels experiences everybody needs to know and understand, because understanding is the best line of defence against some of the awful experiences of being a human. More...

Amina Alyal

amina2Amina is an extraordinarily well known poet, especially around York and Leeds, where she teaches at Leeds Trinity University. Amina has been widely published and has appeared in Dream Catcher and other Stairwell anthologies. More...

Andy Humphrey

Andy Humphrey DSC_0158Andy came to York from Birkenhed via the Wirral and Milton Keynes. In spite of these disadvantages Andy has carved a place for himself as a fine poet, Open Mike host and literary blogger. Along the way he has been a research scientist, union rep and is headed for a new equally challenging career as a solicitor. He has recently published his first and second collections of poems. More...

William Thirsk-GaskillElland Road 040

William Thirsk-Gaskill was born in Leeds in 1967, but never made it as a football hooligan.  He spent his early teenage years trying to make sulphuric acid.  He lost his virginity during an Applied Maths lesson.  He lives in a kind of house in Wakefield, with his partner, Valerie.  They are wondering what the hell they are going to do next.  When they figure this out, they will let you know. More...

 

David ClegDavid Clegg

Harrogate resident, David Clegg began his career in literature painting glass pigs before
going on to teach science in secondary schools, work in Social Services and latterly with
a carers charity. More...

 

DSC_3217 edited for webTony Lucas

Tony Lucas has been a resident of South London for almost half a century.  He lived and worked in the Brixton area during the dramas of the 1980s, and in Borough & Bankside through the changes and excitements either side of the Millennium. More...

Rita JerramRita head

Much travelled Rita Jerram has a wonderful touch in editing and preparing letters and dairies for publication. Her books touch the heartstrings of all her readers and pull out the essentials how the writers experienced life in their own historical time. More...

 

Oz Hardwick

DSC_2232 cropped resizedOz Hardwick is a writer, photographer and occasional musician, based in York (UK). Oz has been widely published in journals, anthologies and other media; he is Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University. He is the author of English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2011), and has published extensively on medieval art and literature, medievalism, and myth. More...

John Wheatcroft

John WheatcroftNewspaper editor and business guru, John Wheatcroft balances his degree in English Literature with his interest in Tennis, French, Modern Art, New Music and Russian History.  In spite of a couple of escursions into teaching and a degree in cinema, he has created an innovative novel based on his newspaper experience and is well on the way to another. More...

 

Alan Smith CroppedAlan Smith

Sometime Guardian Columnist and teacher of Philosophy in Prison, Alan Smith is bringing his rich life experience to his novels. More...

 

 

Lance Clark 2 croppedLance Clark

After a career in the RAF, spent mainly in the Indian Ocean and NATO Lance retired to run a charity for blind and partially sighted people in Surrey. He presently is busy writing novels and delivering humanitarian aid to Kosovo. More...

 

Daniel Richardson croppedDaniel Richardson

A Californian mathematician who studied at Bristol University. More...

 

 


GB-S DSCF1452 croppedGillian Byrom-Smith

Poet and author whose words are used in a number of musical compositions. More...

 

 

MS portrait croppedMaria Stephenson

Course writer, lecturer and survivor, whose captures the very essence of relationships. More...