• David J Costello

Poetry from the Small Presses - Chrys Salt

Wirral Poetry Festival 2019

It is a real privilege to have been invited to curate the first ever Poetry from the Small Presses event for the Wirral Poetry Festival 2019. To be honest I've enjoyed indulging myself in my personal choice of six poets representing various publoishers of poetry from the small presses.

Over the next few weeks leading up to the event itself I'll be blogging about each of the participants begining with this blog about the wonderful Chrys Salt.

I hope it will whet the appetite and encourage you to come along! Tickets can be booked on-line using the following link:

I hope to see you there!

Poetry from the Small Presses

Birkenhead Town Hall Hamilton Square Birkenhead, CH41 5BR

Saturday 11 May 2019, 2pm

Tickets: £5 (under 18 years free)

It must be almost 10 years since I met Chrys for the first time. She had generously agreed to read at a venue in Hoylake as part of the inaugural Festival of Firsts.

Since then we've bumped into each other at irregular intervals - mainly in Scotland where she is Artistic Director at The Bakehouse.

Chrys is a highly accomplished poet and, in 2014, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to The Arts. You can also find her in Who's Who!

So what can you expect at her reading on the 11th May? Well, here's a summary from her own biog:

Although Chrys has written in every genre except the novel she is primarily a poet with roots deeply planted in the theatre. She is a trained performer and broadcaster. Her work is widely published and anthologized and has been set to music with film.

A song cycle of her poems set by Finnish composer Ilaro Laakso with be premiered in Rome in 2019. She has performed at venues and festivals across the UK in Europe, the USA, Canada, Finland and India and won numerous awards including a National Media Award (CRS). A New Writing Bursary (English Arts Council) Work Development Grant (Scottish Arts Council), won an Arts and Business Award ( 2012), a Fringe First from The Edinburgh Festival, has published seven books for actors (Pub: Methuen Drama) and nine poetry collections. In 2012 The Burning was selected as one of the 20 Best Scottish Poems. In 2014 her pamphlet Weaver of Grass was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, she received Creative Scotland Bursary to finish her penultimate collection Dancing on a Rock (Pub: IDP) and Open Lottery Funding last year to visit The Yukon to pursue research into The Klondike Gold Rush for the collection she is currently working on, and yet another to pursue a collaboration with internationally acclaimed harpist Wendy Stewart around her Weaver of Grass sequence. Her most recent collection The Punkawallah’s Rope was published in September 2017 to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of Partition and the UK India Year of Culture.

Chrys is an accomplished, engaging reader of her now considerable body of work. She's just one very good reason of six you should come along, support and enjoy this first ever staging of Poetry from the Small Presses!

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