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Chris Kinsey lives in Newtown, Powys. In 2000 she received an Arts Council of Wales bursary and gave up lecturing for writing. She has just been made Oriel Davies Gallery’s Writer-in-Residence for 2011-12. Her first two poetry collections, Kung Fu Lullabies, and Cure for a Crooked Smile, are published by Ragged Raven Press and were well received by critics. Her third collection, Swarf, is due from Smokestack Books in August 2011. She has also had poems for children and young people commissioned and published by Pont Books: Second Thoughts, Poems of Love and Longing and A Child’s Book of Poems.

Chris has begun writing drama: a stage play Feathering the Dark was given a rehearsed reading at Aberystwyth Arts Centre as part of the 2009 Travelling Light Festival, mentored by Kaite O’Reilly. Her short film script Legless was shortlisted by TAPs (Cymru) for T.V. production by It’s My Shout in 2008. A short script, I and I, was worked on by The National Theatre and presented at Venue Cymru in October 2010. Her digital story, Houndsplay is published on the BBC Wales website and was exhibited in Oriel Davies Gallery in 2007.

In July 2010 Chris worked with Mathilde Lopez and The National Theatre of Wales on the Barmouth Assembly – What’s left after the summer tides? In Feb/March 2011 she worked with them again on a research project on miners.

Chris received A Chance to Create grant for mentoring in writing for radio.
Writing a dramatic monologue is a completely new venture inspired by Iris Theatre’s call for submissions in The Poetry Society’s newsletter 27th April 2011.

Chris writes a regular Nature Diary for Cambria. In 2008 she was BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year and in 2010 was runner-up in Natur Cymru’s. ‘Inspired by Nature’ competition. She has been dubbed Greyhounds' Poet Laureate. She also writes poetry reviews for Envoi, New Welsh Review and Planet.

Many of her poems spring from her work supporting adults with learning disabilities, teaching students who are excluded from school, teaching writing and Tai Chi in Mental Health Drop-in Centres, for Age Concern, and various community groups. Other poems and articles arise from living a long time in a small town and going out and about with her rescue greyhounds. Chris works regularly with Powys Young Writers’ Squads.

Pre 2000:
1974 A-Levels in English, Geography and Biology at Hereford Sixth Form College.
1979 B.Ed Honours degree in English, Philosophy and Environmental Studies from Bretton Hall College / University of Leeds.
1989 M.A. in Educational Theatre, Bretton Hall / University of Leeds.
1979 -2000 Lecturer at Coleg Powys, Newtown, teaching English, General Studies, Theatre Studies and Environmental Science.

Quotations about Chris Kinsey's poetry:

Kinsey shows a real talent for reading the lives of others with an excitement that infuses the experience with vitality and vicarious joy, yet without ever becoming voyeuristic....... I suppose what gives these poems their power is the manner in which they invoke a really humane spirit, unwilling to treat a mood, observation, memory or sensation as simple, but rather seeing it as a mixture of often conflicting impulses. John Ballam (Cold Mountain Review U.S.A.)

...her images and stance surprise us, as all good poems should. There is nothing 'steady as she goes' about the pieces, the narratives crackle yet have been tenderly brought to life. Roz Goddard (Raw Edge)

That this language owes more to the banter of the pub than the poetry reading is to do with Kinsey's ear for the one-liner, the compressed, casual yet loaded wit of the street; with her instinct for the danger of the outside world. Roberta J Dewa (Poetry Nottingham)

The physicality of being alive, of experiencing the natural world resonates in many of the poems. Sarah Hymas (Echo Soundings)

There is a satisfying physicality in most pieces. The tone is refreshingly dry with an edge of wit......Typically, Kinsey takes an image or a snatch of conversation overheard at a bus-stop or in one of her drop-in writing sessions and develops it into a terse narrative. Christine Evans (Tears in the Fence)

These poems have mapped out a territory of their own, both in form and content. Carol Rumens

About Feathering the Dark:
Gerda survived the War, but in a night of terror and revelation, she must now survive the present. A story of betrayal, escape, denial, exposure and a kind of reconciliation.

Gerda has spent the last 50 years successfully re-inventing herself. She has lied about the family she betrayed in Germany by keeping completely silent and denying them, but she has reached the point where she can no longer evade her past. Her estranged dead sister haunts her insistently. The comforts and securities of Cae’r Gog, her hillside cottage, went when her husband died four months earlier. On this particular evening, her beloved granddaughter arrives late to help her to move to town and forces her to disclose and confront her war-time past.

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