Chrys Salt

Thu 10th Jan 2019 18:05

Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers:
Chrys is renowned for writing and performing sequences of poems that also lend themselves to interpretation in other art-forms e.g. music and film that are then incorporated into her live performances. There are currently three such 'sets' in the repertoire, each of which can be adapted to suit Festival timeslots – with or without a Q and A. As an option extra Chrys offers a ‘Make Your Writing Speak’ workshop to help develop performance skills.
Home Front / Front Line is a set based on the Roncodora pamphlet (see above) that incorporates two film-poems produced by film-maker Kenneth Smyth with music composed and directed by Katherine Gillham. This is a moving personal story of the pacifist Mum of a territorial soldier in the second Iraq War.

Weaver of Grass: A Hebridean Tale is a set about the iconic Hebridean grass-weaver who died in the late 1990's and is now recognised as an important 'outsider artist'. The tale has inspired numbers of art-works and Chrys' poems are now being woven into a new performance piece featuring Chrys and one of Scotland best-known harp players, Wendy Stewart. The work is offered with or without the harp settings and is followed by Ötzi The Iceman, a sequence about another grass-weaver: The Iceman uncovered in the Alps after being in deep freeze for 5000 years.
The Punkawallah's Rope
How does a white middle-class woman from the ex-Colonial power make sense of modern-day India? This sequence of poems is based on a month in the North-East of India following a reading at the Kolkata Book Festival. Like India, the sequence is colourful, moving and challenging. It can be offered as a voice alone, but also with a landscape of music and sounds created by London-based musician Ajay Srivastav.
Make Your Writing Speak
Many good writers feel that the quality of their work is lost because they don't have adequate performance skills. This two-hour workshop is offered by Chrys as an adjunct to readings and will help writers improve their skills and confidence in public readings. It draws on Chrys training as an actor and her long experience of (i) providing skill-development workshops for actors and (ii) presenting her own writing in public.

Contact email:
Contact telephone
07891 803027

Awards & Prizes:
National Media Award (CRS)
New Writing Bursary (English Arts Council)
Work Development Award (Creative Scotland)
Fringe First (Edinburgh Festival).
Arts and Business Award 2012
The Burning was selected one of the Best Scottish Poems 2012.
Weaver of Grass shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Prize 2014
Research Bursary 2017 ( Open Lottery Funding)
Innovate Create Cultivate Award 2018
MBE for Services to The Arts 2014

Literary Festival Appearances include:
The Cheltenham Literary Festival, World Unite Festival (Leeds), Cheltenham Poetry Festival, The Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, The Tampere Poetry Festival, (Finland), Aye Write, The Wigtown Book Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival, Queens Park Book Festival, Islay Book Festival, The Festival of Firsts, The Wirral Poetry Festival, The Southside Festival, (Glasgow), The Aberfeldy Festival, Bath Literature Festival, The Kolkata Book Festival, StAnza International Festival, St Clémentin Bilingual Festival, (France).

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