Ornaments of Grace
Chris is working on a sequence of twelve novels set in Manchester from the mid 18th century to the present day. The first ten in the sequence, Pomona, Enclave, Nymphs & Shepherds , The Spindle Tree, Return, Kettle, Victor, A Grain of Mustard Seed, The Waxing of a Great Tree and All the Fowls of the Air, all published by Flax Books are now available. The final two titles, The Principal Thing and A Crown of Glory will be coming out in 2021. Further details can be found by clicking on each individual title.
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.
Chris has joined forces with poet Chris Waters and saxophonist Rob Yockney to present Que Pasa, a programme of words and music around the themes of crossing points and border zones.
Performances have already taken place at:
- Netherhay Chapel, Drimpton, Dorset: Sat 28 Sep 2019 at 7.30pm
- St Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon: Sun 27 Oct Sep 2019 at 7.30pm (in aid of Amnesty International)
- Brewhouse Theatre Studio, Taunton: Fri 28 Feb 2020 at 7.45
Further dates – at Ashbrittle, Clapton and Roadwater Village Halls in Somerset – have all been postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic. It is hoped that these performances will be rearranged for later in the year, as soon as these venues are once again able to be open to the public. More details to follow.
Chris has been invited to act as a dramaturg for a reworking of Sue Wylie‘s award-winning play, Kinetics, in collaboration with choreographer, Luke Brown. This was due to take place in May 2020 but has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. More details to follow when available.
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.