Hi, I’m Dominic Nelson-Ashley.
I am a North-East based creative who jumps between writing styles:
Poetry to Crime to Reportage to Sci-Fi.
I have a habit of turning up in unexpected places:
Atacama Desert, South Africa, New Zealand, Teesside.
You’ve probably met me somewhere before.
My writing often tackles the issues of fatherhood, role models, mental health and my travels.
My poetry has been commissioned by the BBC. I’ve performed at the World’s longest running online literary festival. I have been on ITV discussing the impact of the Windrush Generation, Black Lives Matter and the power of Education.
Underpinning all my poems are optimistic tones, positive vibes and uplifting messages.
I love performing my work.
Performances and Interviews can be found at VIDEOS.
I have been a guest lecturer at Teesside University (where I did my MA in Creative Writing) and I curated and edited ‘Our Place, Our History’ – An Anthology of Black and Asian British Poetry from the North of England.
I post new poems to my blog.
I won the BBC New Voices competition 2019 from which I had my own radio show on BBCTees.
I was a finalist in Bloody Scotland (Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival) Pitch Perfect competition 2021.
I was runner-up in the Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition 2021.
I was one of the judges of the Crossing The Tees Short Story Competition 2021.
(photo by Kev Howard)