Christine Whittemore has lived in Italy, the USA (30 years), and France. She is now based back in England, in her home county of Gloucestershire                                                                                                                                                                            

BOOKS: 

Inscription, a novel.  (Sowilo Press, 2015. Available from all booksellers. Published as winner of the Eludia Award 2013. Long-listed for the 2013 Cinnamon Press novel/novella award and a semi-finalist for the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. ).

Sudden Arabesque, poems(Oversteps Books, 2017. Available from all booksellers).


WORKSHOPS AND TALKS:

Over the years, Christine has led many writing workshops. She has also given talks on various subjects to different groups, including:

On the process of writing a semi-historical novel, like Inscription—the genesis of the idea, the research, different directions, the challenges.

On poet Gerard Manley Hopkins—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. Background on his life, short readings from his poems and notebooks, and a personal exploration of his compelling voice. 

Talks and workshops can be tailored to requirements.


Background information:


POETRY: published in many journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Plains Poetry Review, American Scholar, Hunger Mountain, The Lyric, Blue Unicorn, Piedmont Literary Review, Poetry Digest, The Christian Century, Orbis, Outposts, Antiphon, Ink Sweat & Tears, Envoi and more.

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Anthologies: Remembered Place  (a Housman Society anthology 1996);  Prisms of the Soul (Morehouse, 1996); The Coventry Prize Anthology 1999; Poetry 2000: New Poems from the Literary Review (Robson Books, 2000); The Peterloo Poets Competition Anthology 2002;  Letters to the World (Red Hen, 2008); Irresistible Sonnets (Headmistress Press, 2014); and Adlestrop Remembered: a Poetry Anthology from the Centenary Competition, 2014.

POETRY AWARDS & READINGS: Christine has won several awards in the US and the UK for individual poems. Recent UK commendations include Highly Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2014, and shortlisting in the Bridport Prize 2015. 

In 1998 she received a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for a body of work. This significant honour provided a monetary award to support the selected artists in their work, and brought opportunities such as interviews and poetry readings.

Since returning to the UK, she has been invited to read at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival in 2014 and every year since, up to and including 2019, when she led two workshops.  She also read at the Wantage Literary Festival 2014.

ESSAYS: Her essays and features have appeared in several US and UK publications, including Baby Talk magazine, Islands magazine, Parabola magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, Weekly Telegraph (UK), Pocono Record, Mountainsides, and Poets' Paper. 

 


Christine Whittemore is represented by Julia Kenny of the Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Agency, New York.