Michael Yates writes stories, plays and poems. His latest book is 20 Stories High, a collection of short stories published in 2018 by Armley Press. Award-winning novelist Jim Crace said of it: “These stories are stylish, spirited, wise, playful and entirely compelling.” And newspaper critic Emma Clayton said: “Michael is a gifted writer with a wry take on life.”
Michael has won prizes for his stories from the Jersey Arts Centre, the Armagh Writers Festival, the Wolds Words Festival and the Writers & Artists Yearbook. A previous collection Branwell & Other Stories was published by Nettle Books.
Michael has been poet in residence in various parts of Yorkshire and published three volumes of verse, including Life Class (Nettle Books).
He has had a dozen plays performed in northern cities – including Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. Till My Eyes Bleed was performed at Ilkley Literature Festival; Sunday Afternoon Again was chosen for the Write Now Liverpool Drama Festival; Life Sentence was a prizewinner at the Sheffield One-Act Play Festival; and The Bronte Boy won a prize at Wakefield Drama Festival and a new production was commissioned by the Bronte Society for its international AGM weekend at Haworth in June 2013.
Find out more about Michael and his works on www.michael-yates.com