Christopher Meredith

Novelist and poet from Wales
Nofelydd a bardd o Gymru

Biographical note

Christopher Meredith has produced novels, poetry and translations, as well as doing a little writing for radio and the stage, and articles and reviews, fiction and verse for many magazines including Agenda, Poetry London, TLS and New Statesman, Planet, and Poetry Wales.  Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts.  This novel, set against the decline of the steel industry in south Wales, is regarded as a contemporary classic and has remained in print ever since its first publication in 1988. His second novel, Griffri, was shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award in 1992.  Griffri is set in the twelfth century and covers some of the bloody history of the period from the point of view of a minor court poet, the Griffri of the title.  Meredith has received two Arts Council Bursaries and has been judge for the Book of the Year Award and the Roland Mathias Prize. His poetry collection, The Meaning of Flight, was long-listed for The Book of the Year Award 2006. His fourth novel, The Book of Idiots, was published to acclaim in 2012. A new collection of poems, Air Histories, appeared in 2013. In 2014 Shifts was shortlisted for the title of 'Greatest Welsh Novel of All Time' by Wales Arts Review. It came a very  close second to the winner, Caradog Prichard's Welsh language novel, Un Nos Ola Leuad, and topped the poll for novels written in English.

 

 

Chris has spoken at many venues including the Hay Festival many times, the Edinburgh Festival, the Ledbury Poetry Festival, the London Book Fair, the Leipzig Book Fair, the Gasteig in Munich, The Goethe Institute in Brussels, and at the Writers and Teachers' Centre in Manhattan, New York. He's given readings of his work and talks and lectures all over Britain as well as in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia,Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel/Palestine, Slovenia and the USA. 

Born and brought up in Tredegar, now living in Brecon, he has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a lecturer.  He is a Fellow of yr Academi Gymreig, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and Emeritus Professor of creative writing at the University of South Wales.

 Contact: christopher.meredith@southwales.ac.uk

 

   Photo copyright V. Meredith