Christina Thatcher

Christina Thatcher

Teacher (part time)

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
thatcherc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4887
Location:
1.06, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am a poet and PhD student with research interests in contemporary poetry, bereavement poetry, creative writing pedagogy and the role of creative writing in therapeutic and community contexts. 

My current research project explores how creative writing can benefit individuals bereaved by addiction. In particular, it examines the impact creative writing has on adults who have accessed, or are currently accessing, services offered by organisations specialising in bereavement or family addiction across England and Wales.

My first collection, More than you were, was shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition in 2015 and was published by Parthian Books in 2017. The book tour for this debut has stopped in over 25 cities across 5 countries, including the UK, USA, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Romania. More than you were is currently being translated into Spanish for a Latin America tour in 2019/2020.  

My poetry and short stories have featured in over 40 publications including The London MagazinePlanet MagazineAcumen and The Interpreter’s House. I am also the Poetry Editor of The Cardiff Review

More information is available at christinathatcher.com

After receiving a BSc in English Literature and Secondary Education from Temple University in the USA, I travelled to the UK on a Marshall Scholarship to complete two Master degrees, including an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University and an MA in Equity Issues in Education from the University of York. 

In 2011, after both postgraduate degrees were completed, I began working as a freelance workshop facilitator at community centres, arts organisations, youth clubs and more. Since then, I have designed, developed and run 12 community creative writing series in Wales and delivered nearly 200 individual creative writing workshops around the UK.

I have worked as a teacher in ENCAP since 2014 and teach creative writing at all undergraduate levels.

Honours and awards

  • Literature Wales Bursary, 2018 - awarded by Literature Wales to research and write my third poetry collection, entitled Breaking a Mare
  • Arts Council Funding – Isle of Man, 2017 - awarded by the Arts Council to deliver two workshops, an open mic and a reading to support people suffering from alcohol addiction on the Isle of Man
  • Lit Reach Funding, 2017 - awarded by Literature Wales to deliver a 6-part creative writing workshop series in partnership with Recovery Cymru for adults recovering from addiction in Cardiff
  • Teaching Enhancement Fund, 2017 - awarded to cover travel costs for a Creative Writing Teaching Exchange at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland
  • Marshall Scholarship, 2009 -  awarded for postgraduate study in Creative Writing and Education at any institution the United Kingdom
  • Dalibor W. Kralovec Scholarship, 2008 - awarded for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the positive atmosphere of the College of Education
  • William Van Wert Award, 2007 - awarded for excellent academic achievement and dedication to professional and creative writing
  • Temple University General Education Scholarship, 2006 & 2007 - awarded for academic excellence and dedication to the field of Education 
  • Temple University Alumni Scholarship, 2006 - awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the face of adversity by an anonymous donor

Professional memberships

European Association of Creative Writing Programmes (EACWP) 

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

Speaking engagements

  • 'Poetic Grief – Writing the Death of an Addict’, DrugFAM’s 9th Annual National Bereaved by Addiction Conference, Holiday Inn in High Wycombe, 14 October 2017
  • ‘‘I will never forget’ - An Introduction to Creative Writing, Grief and Memory’, Keynote Speech, DrugFAM's 8th Annual Bereaved by Addiction Conference, The Holiday Inn Handy Cross, High Wycombe, 1 October 2016
  • ‘Playing with Words – Transforming Teachers into Writers’, National Association of Writers in Education Conference, Bristol Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, 15-16 November 2014
  • ‘Death Writing’, Great Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, 28-29 June 2014
  • ‘Tying Off - Coping with the Social Death of Family Members Lost to Drug Addiction’, CDAS: Social Death Conference, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, 7-8 June 2014
  • ‘Intercultural Education in Post-1960s Ireland’, Global Temple Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 17 November 2008

Areas of expertise

External profiles