Chris’s current and recent projects include:
- Ornaments of Grace – a sequence of twelve novels set in Manchester from the mid 18th century to the present day. In January 2022 Chris gave an Illustrated Talk about the books in Crewkerne Museum. See Ornaments of Grace for more details.
- The Long & Winding RoadChris is teaming up with fellow poet Chris Waters to present The Long & Winding Road – an evening of journeys and homecomings, leave-takings and arrivals – at Barkham Gallery on Exmoor in Devon. See here for more details.
- Que Pasa?Chris recently collaborated with jazz saxophonist Rob Yockney to deliver a combined poetry & music performance at this year’s inaugural Burnham Book Festival at The Princess Theatre & Arts Centre. See here for more details.
- Alternative Endings – Chris has been invited by Wassail Theatre to join a team of 6 other writers to collaborate on Alternative Endings, a project to develop a new play in response to Covid 19 and its effects in Somerset. Virtual online readings of the plays are scheduled to take place some time in 2021. More details to follow.
- Cutting Out – Chris has been working as a dramaturg and outside eye for Viv Gordon’s new production, Cutting Out, directed by Tom Roden, with music by Thomas Johnson and designs by Imogen Harvey-Lewis, which is about to embark upon a short south-west tour.
- To Varnam With Love – before the pandemic Chris worked as a dramaturg with Divya Kasturi on her new production, To Varnam With Love, which he returned to in 2021 to support its premiere at The Place in London.
- What They Bring – Chris’s poem, Ladybirds, has been included in a new anthology published by International Psychoanalysis (IP) in the US. What They Bring: The Poetry of Migration & Immigration has been co-edited by Irene Willis and Jim Haba, and includes poems by, among others, Robert Frost, Louis MacNeice, Alicia Ostriker, Emma Lazarus, W. H. Auden and John Betjeman.