Christopher Meredith

Meredith, Christopher

Christopher Meredith is a novelist, poet and translator. He has won a number of awards for his writing, including 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 Wales 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 Wales Book of the Year Award and the Roland Mathias Prize. His most recent collection of poems, The Meaning of Flight, was long-listed for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2006. His fourth novel, The Book of Idiots, was published in 2012 and selected by the Exchange for its Autumn 2012 Bookcase.

Chris has spoken at the Hay Festival many times, the Edinburgh Festival, the London Book Fair, the Leipzig Book Fair, the Gasteig in Munich 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 the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Israel/Palestine and the USA.

Born and brought up in Tredegar, he has been a steelworker and a schoolteacher. He teaches at the University of Glamorgan and lives in Brecon.