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.
- Magical Honey – Chris has recently been working as dramaturg with the choreographer Krishna Zivraj-Nair on a new piece of dance for family audiences to be presented by Sanskruti Dance. supported by Arts Council England and Akademi. A second phase is planned for 2022.
- 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.
- Que Pasa – a programme of words and music on the themes of crossing points and border zones, with poet Chris Waters and jazz saxophonist Rob Yockney, touring in the south-west from Sep 2019 to Dec 2020. See News for more details.
- 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.