The Woman Sitting Opposite.

From Twenty Stories High.

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The 200-page paperback sells at £8.99. To get it from Amazon, or Foyles or Waterstones or WH Smith, type 20 Stories High Michael Yates into their website; or you can go along to any good bookshop and tell them the ISBN is 978-0-9934811-8-5

Michael Yates

Michael Yates is a mercenary writer who would love everybody to rush out and buy his poetry book Life Class and his short story collection 20 Stories High from a few good book shops or Amazon. And anybody who enjoys this podcast can read The Woman Sitting Opposite in Grit, the recent anthology of Yorkshire writers. Michael has had a dozen plays performed by various companies in Manchester, Liverpool and Yorkshire, and has been Poet in Residence in Wakefield Hospitals, Wakefield Cathedral and as far afield as Whitby. More stuff from  www.michael-yates.com

Helen Shay

Yorkshire writer, Helen Shay, has poetry and prose published in literary/small press, with the odd short story in national women’s magazines.  She also writes drama (including with fellow writer, Mick Yates) and had one full-length play performed at Carriageworks Theatre studio, Leeds, with three short dramas taken to Edinburgh Fringe and others performed locally and in new writing festivals. She’s been a winner in various competitions including the Kenneth Branagh Windsor Fringe Award (that year judged by Hilary Mantel). 

Helen has a Creative Writing MA from Manchester Metropolitan University (Distinction awarded) then tutored by Michael Schmidt of Carcanet Press. She has taught creative writing part-time at York University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, alongside her day-job as an in-house solicitor.

Helen has two non-fiction books published by an Oxford publisher (now part of Little Brown).  She is a member of the Society of Authors, serving on their Poetry and Spoken Word Group Committee, as she performs poetry – including once as a guest poet at Glastonbury Festival’s Poet’s Tent (mud stains still engrained). Her joint poetry collection with Irish-American poet Bee Smith, Binary Star, won an IL Convivio prize and has a solo collection, Scop.  Helen co-hosts a long-running monthly spoken word event Poems, Prose & Pints in Harrogate.

20 Stories High

​​There are 20 stories by Michael Yates in this paperback book, published by Armley Press of Leeds, and they are very varied.
​A murderer’s dad counts his blessings. A drug addict’s dead parents come to visit. A have-a-go hero becomes an internet villain. A boy returns home early to discover his father’s infidelity. And the dead find themselves on a very slow train to nowhere. ..
           Best-selling novelist Jim Crace has described the book as: “A rich and rewarding assortment of treats.” And Yorkshire novelist Mark Connors said: “These taut stories bristle with humour and mischief.” 
               The Yorkshire Post  made 20 Stories High one of its recommended reads. And Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus made it Book of the Week with critic Emma Clayton calling the author “a gifted writer with a wry take on life.” 
           The 200-page paperback sells at £8.99. To get it from Amazon, or Foyles or Waterstones or WH Smith, type 20 Stories High Michael Yates into their website; or you can go along to any good bookshop and tell them the ISBN is 978-0-9934811-8-5

1 reply on “The Woman Sitting Opposite.”

Thank you for The Woman Sitting Opposite.
An entertaining tale of relationships which would sit comfortably alongside those of Chekhov, and an excellent presentation which would sit comfortably alongside those of BBC radio.

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