Chris Jones

Chris Jones has lived in Sheffield since 1990.  He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1996.  From 1997 to 1999 he worked as a writer-in-residence at Nottingham Prison.  He was the Literature Officer for Leicestershire for five years and then spent some time as a freelance writer and poetry festival organiser.   In 2011 his work was nominated for the Forward Prize Best Single Poem.  He currently teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

From reviews of The Safe House :

A third of the book is devoted to a stunning sequence about the River Don in Sheffield, where he lives.  Among the rubbish and litter, “kingfishers swerve /and flash like two struck matches,” police sirens honk like a flight of geese, the soundtrack of “a city in spate.”
Andy Croft, Morning Star

Chris Jones can unexpectedly energise the language and bring it to more vivid life.  That said, he has his feet on the ground; he knows about urban and industrial ugliness and danger … and, while readily admitting uncertainties, fallibilities, vulnerabilities, what he mostly offers is – somewhat exceptional in contemporary poetry – celebratory.
Matt Simpson, Stride Magazine

These are not narrative or lyrical poems, or poems of description. They are poems, usually, of almost happening, like dreams you can’t quite pin down on waking … The Safe House is compelling, honest, interesting.  There is a strong individual voice here, distinctive in its handling of language and reference.  These are subtle, sensitive poems.
R V Bailey, Envoi

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