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I write poetry, plays, books, features and direct in the theatre.  I have written and edited many books and magazines, held writing residencies and performed my work in the UK, American, Canada, France, Germany and Finland and India. Work has been broadcast on both Radio 3 and 4, read by me and by others, and appeared in many anthologies, magazines and journals.  I am a trained performer and worked as an actress for many years before focusing on my writing. I am Artistic Director of the Bakehouse a flourishing arts venue in South West Scotland and  I run performance and skills development workshops for professional actors at the London Actors Centre and in writing and performance country wide. I am Literature Convener for BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival in S W Scotland and on the Editorial Board of Gitajali and Beyond.


On this website you can see and hear samples of my work, buy my books and contact me about residencies, workshops or readings.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FORTHCOMING READINGS AND FESTIVALS GO TO MY NEWS PAGE.

Awards, and Residencies:
National Media Award (CRS) New Writing Bursary (English Arts Council) Work Development Grant (Scottish Arts Council) Fringe First (Edinburgh Festival). Writer’s Residencies include Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (London University) and Poitou Charente Region (France 2009). The Bakehouse has been nominated three times for an Arts and Business Award with its corporate partners The Crichton Development Company and Bibilographic Data Services.Winner of Arts and Business Award 2012 with corporate partner WeeSleekit

Weaver of Grass ( Pub: Hatterick's House. Artwork Deirdre Carlisle) shortlisted for The  Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2014
Awarded a Creative Scotland Writing Bursary 2014
Chrys was awarded an MBE for services to The Arts in Dumfries and Galloway in The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014

The Burning from GRASS (Pub IDP 2012) has been selected for the Scottish Poetry Library's Best 20 Scottish Poems 2012 Anthology alongside Liz Lochhead, Kathleen Jamie, Vicki Feaver, John Burnside and other lovely work. See www.spl.org.uk

Dancing on a Rock (Pub: IDP 2015)
ISBN: 978-1-909357-69-3 Price: £9.99


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'Chrys Salt, a wonderful and unique poet, reaches her zenith. The past comes alive again, where dreams and desperations come hand in hand. Her work is poignant, full of anger, desire and dreams that entice you to enter that world. This book touched deeply.
Bernard Kops
Dramatist, poet, novelist

Now available from Central Books:  99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN Tel: 44 (0)845 458 9911 Fax: 44 (0)845 458 9912 http://www.indigodreamsbookshop.com/#/chrys-salt-doar/4588125073
Email: orders@centralbooks.com
Indigo Dreams Bookshop www.indigodreamsbookshop.com
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Home Front/ Front Line by Chrys Salt (Pub: Roncadora)
Price: £8.00
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On the tenth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Home Front/ Front Line records a moving dialogue in poetry and prose between the poet and her son, who, as a Territorial Army Paratrooper with the 7th Royal Horse Artillery (PARA), was mobilised to Iraq in February 2003 and spent 5 months in action. Published by Award Winning Publisher Roncadora, it is a hand- made limited edition, its publication timed to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the conflict.

An interview with Iraqi TV December 2013 can be found on YouTube.

Review of Home Front/Front Line: Andy Croft (Smokestack Books)

It would take a hard heart to ignore the appeals of Chrys Salt’s new book Home Front/ Front Line (Roncadora, £8). Published to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is an extraordinary and moving dialogue in poetry and prose between the poet and her son, a Territorial Army paratrooper who in 2003 spent five months in Iraq with the 7th Royal Horse Artillery.

It is a brave, beautiful and deeply unsettling way of making the reader look again at long-familiar events, as though the mother of Wilfred Owen or Edward Thomas had kept a verse-diary during the First World War.

https://dura-dundee.org.uk/2015/12/24/the-fields-of-war/
 

Grass: a new poetry collection by Chrys Salt (Pub: Indigo Dreams 2012)
ISBN:  978-1-907401-85-5  Price: £7.99

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Now available from Central Books:  99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN Tel: 44 (0)845 458 9911 Fax: 44 (0)845 458 9912
Email: orders@centralbooks.com
Indigo Dreams Bookshop www.indigodreamsbookshop.com
Amazon