How I fear forgetting, forgetting seasons,
                         beech-mast, leaf-fall, years of the slow infusions, 
                         soft uncertain rain, imprecise grey-green, and
                                       hazel and umber. 

                        (from "September Afternoon in the Schoolyard" in Sudden Arabesque, Oversteps Books)

Inscription, a novel
By Christine Whittemore

(Cotswold landscape photo by Dan Papa)



Some of the themes in my poetry, essays, books, and blog are:  

place; home; landscape; memory; manuscripts; the shape of the book; the past…..

Click on the options at the top of this page to explore my website, read my blog, and learn about my two published books, Inscription (novel) and Sudden Arabesque (poetry).                                                  Latest news is below.


In September I gave a talk: 

LOOK! SEEING WITH GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS                           This was a Cheltenham Poetry Festival event (outside the Festival itself which takes place in spring) at the Suffolk Anthology bookshop. I very much enjoyed preparing it, deepening my life-long love of this extraordinary poet. He died with his great gifts known to only a few, but is now one of the most beloved and influential poets in the English language. There was some background on his life, short readings from his poems and notebooks, and a personal exploration of his compelling voice.


My poetry collection Sudden Arabesque is out. Oversteps Books.                              Link to publisher for purchase and info HERE

It can also be ordered from bookshops.  Or online from and elsewhere.                                                          

For more about this book, choose POETRY from options at the top.


My novel Inscription is available in bookshops or online;   paperback and Kindle.                                                             

Inscription (Sowilo Press, 2015; winner of the Eludia Award; semi-finalist, Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award 2016) is set in first-century Britain and Rome, and also in the late twentieth century.  A story told in the interwoven voices of two women, writing two thousand years apart.

 "A great read...a very promising first novel;"                                                    "...excellently researched....a delightful and poignant tale...."

To find out more, choose NOVEL from the options at the top.                                                                                                                                                                                                               


"Look after this book when I am gone, Lucilius. Keep it well gathered and tied. Sew up the stitching, should it loosen. Bind all the pages together. When you hold this book, you are holding something of Tilla and of me."

                                                                                                                                            from Inscription.