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.



I was interviewed on online radio station Corinium Radio for the Writer's Room programme.  You can hear me read from Inscription and Sudden Arabesque. Then interviewer Rona Laycock and I talk about writing, ideas, inspiration, time....                                

Chances to catch the broadcast:                                                              Monday 24 July, Wed 26 July, & Friday 28 July  at    2:00pm    Monday 31 July, Wed  2 August, Friday 4 August  at   2:30 pm.    Radio station link HERE


I'll be the featured poet at the Cheltenham Public Library's Poetry Café on Friday 28th July at 1:00 pm.                                 Open mic too.


My poetry collection Sudden Arabesque is out now from 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 was named as one of the twelve semi-finalists for the Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award 2016.  (There were more than 150 entries.              The winner, The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, was short-listed for the National Book Award.)   


Inscription is available in bookshops or online, in paperback and Kindle formats.                                                              Inscription (Sowilo Press, 2015; winner of the Eludia Award) 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 BOOKS 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.