Chris Woods

Chris Woods' poems have been published in The Guardian, The Independent and numerous magazines and anthologies, as well as broadcast on Radio 4 and TV. He has been a prize-winner in many competitions, and won the Peterloo Prize. He lives in Lancashire where he works as a GP. His first collection, Recovery was published by Enitharmon.

Praise for Chris:

With this new collection, Chris Woods achieves a genuine unity of subject matter and expression. In language that is taut, pared-down, he travels through everyday family life – holidays, music, swimming, TV news, the drive to work - whilst also charting a darker quest for personal metamorphosis – for a kind of release, or new simplicity. His poems are self-effacing and matter of fact yet he dives deep and finally surfaces into space and light. It is a moving and affective journey.

- Amanda Dalton

‘Chris Woods’ poetry always has the sense of a direct hit, of an image or metaphor cleverly retrieved and accurately placed so that, whether he is writing about the mixed pleasures of a family holiday or the claustrophobia of modern living, the reader is able to recognise familiar dilemmas at the same time as relishing their strangeness.’
- Gerard Woodward

‘The things of this world are celebrated here in their fullness, as both ordinary and extraordinary. Chris Woods trails his magic medicine through these poems with precision and humanity’.
- Linda Chase

Publications by Chris Woods

Dangerous Driving

The poems in Chris Woods' second collection remind us to take time out from our lives, from ourselves, and share with us both the pleasures and surprises that come with even the smallest skive…