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Miles Salter is a writer, musician and storyteller based in York. His poems have appeared in Aesthetica, Antiphon, Ambit, Beautiful Scruffiness, Cake, Dreamcatcher, Frogmore Papers, Obsessed With Pipework, Orbis, Pennine Platform, Railto, South Bank Poetry and more. His first book for teenagers, A Song For Nicky Moon, was shortlisted for The Times / Chicken House children’s novel award in 2010. His debut book of poems, The Border, was published by Valley Press in 2011, and included shades of Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. His second book of poems, Animals, will be published by Valley Press in autumn 2013. His journalism has appeared in The Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Yorkshire Post, Northern Echo and more. Between 2007 and 2009 he wrote and presented the satirical ‘Next Week’s News’ for BBC Radio York.
Miles has worked widely in schools where he leads workshops on creative writing and storytelling. One school said of his visit: ‘The children were so inspired they didn’t want to put their pens down’. Miles can provide school workshops on poetry, journalism and story writing. He has been a writer in residence in a prison and an art gallery. He has performed at Beverley Folk Festival, Bridlington Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, York Literature Festival, Greenbelt, Wychwood and for several years was the compere for the late night stage at Beverley Folk Festival. His songs reflect influences from songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Combining poetry and acoustic songs, his one man shows mix surreal humour, infectious energy and vibrant songs. When not writing or performing he organises York Literature Festival. Some of Miles’ published work has appeared under the name ‘Miles Cain’. He likes Marmite, Philip Larkin and early Bruce Springsteen albums.