Christine Evans (poet)

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Christine Evans (born 1943)[1] is a poet of Welsh origin, born in the West Riding of Yorkshire and writing in English.[2] She lives in North Wales. Her book Cometary Phrases was Welsh Book of the Year in 1989.

Location and job[edit]

In 1967 Evans moved to Pwllheli, where her father and grandmother were brought up,[2] to work as a teacher, and married into a Bardsey Island farming family. She currently lives half the year on Bardsey Island, spending winters at Uwchmynydd.


Whilst on maternity leave in 1976, she started writing poems, and her first book was published seven years later. Cometary Phases was Welsh Book of the Year 1989 and was the winner of the inaugural Roland Mathias Prize in 2005.[3]


  • Looking Inland (Seren, 1983, ISBN 978-0907476245)
  • Falling Back (Seren, 1986, ISBN 978-0907476634)
  • Cometary Phases (Seren, 1989, ISBN 978-1854110022)
  • Island of Dark Horses (Seren, 1995, ISBN 978-1854111371)
  • Selected Poems (Seren, 2004, ISBN 978-1854113344)
  • Growth Rings (Seren, 2006, ISBN 978-1854114020)
  • Burning the Candle (Gomer, 2006, ISBN 978-1843236764)

Further reading[edit]

  • Pippa Marland, Island of the Dead. Composting Twenty-Thousand Saints on Bardsey Island, in: Green Letters. Studies in Ecocriticism, 18,1 (2014; Special Issue: Junk/Composting), p. 78-90. (Compares Tide Race (1962) by Brenda Chamberlain (1912–1971) with Evans' Island of Dark Horses of 1995)
  • Matthew Jarvis, Christine Evans's Bardsey. Creating Sacred Space, in: Welsh Writing in English. A Yearbook of Critical Essays, 11 (2006–2007), p. 188-209. (About Island of Dark Horses (1995))


  1. ^ "List Of Writers: EVANS, CHRISTINE". Academi. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Island poet". BBC. 7 November 2006. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007.
  3. ^ Gwasg Gomer : Author Biographies : Christine Evans Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-08-16