Steve Dearden has been Director of Ilkley Literature Festival, Literature Officer for Yorkshire Arts, and leader of the National Association for Development. He is a Visiting Academic at Manchester Metropolitan University, and founder and director of The Writing Squad – an organisation that develops young writers across the North of England. Steve has worked freelance with many cultural organisations including the BBC, the Cultural Olympiad, Poetry Book Society, Scottish Book Trust, several local authorities and Yorkshire Dance. He is on the Board of Grimm & Co.
He is the author of several publications, and his stories have been published in magazines such as Westerly, Horizont and the Reater, as well as anthologies such as route’s Compendium and Naked City and Brace from Comma Press. A rare poem appeared in Red Squirrel Press’s anthology to celebrate the Yorkshire start of the Tour de France. Steve has also used writing as a creative form of evaluation with people like Leeds 365 Stories.