From The Bronze Age to recent conflict, Chrys Salt’s new collection explores distillations of memory, moments, lives, experience – the image of a fossil dancing on a rock reminding us of those things that are recorded, yet transient.
A few review quotes:
(Dancing on a Rock)
‘… a mix of memory, present day and meditations on the future which pack a real emotional punch, raise a smile and have the reader nodding in recognition.’ Chrys ( ) was awarded a Creative Scotland Writers’ Bursary to finish this collection – definitely money well spent’.
(Waterstones’ Book of the month – Dumfries and Galloway Life July 2015)
Salt read a number of poems from her latest collection, Dancing on a Rock, including ..an impressive sequence of poems about Otzi, the well-preserved mummy of a man from 5,000 years ago that was found in the Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy, in 1991.
‘Dancing on a Rock, the fourth collection by this sensuous, well established writer, has been meticulously assembled by Indigo Dreams Publishing, with every care devoted to typographical layout and attractive presentation’
‘..Vivid in description, succinct in personal detail: Chrys makes every word count’
‘Dancing on a Rock is creditable tour de force, and the purchase of this collection is highly recommended.’
(Reach Poetry 202 Bernard M Jackson)
Your unique style of performing allowed the words to fill the room with the most incredible imagery. You are undoubtedly a storyteller-poet Chrys and we were delighted to be able to host the Scottish launch of your new collection Dancing on a Rock at The Old Bank. Wigtown Book Week Chrys Salt, a wonderful and unique poet reaches her zenith. The past comes alive again, where dreams and desperations come hand in hand. Her work is poignant; full of anger, desire; and dreams that entice you to enter her world. This book touches one deeply.
Chrys’ work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, performed UK wide, in France, Germany the USA, Canada. Finland, India and Australia. She has authored four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections, been the recipient of a National Media Award, a New Writing Bursary, A Work Development Grant and an Edinburgh Fringe First amongst other grants, awards and residencies. One of the poems from her fourth collection GRASS (Pub: IDP) was selected as one of The 20 Best Scottish Poems 2012. In 2013 her limited edition pamphlet Weaver of Grass ( Hattericks House) was shortlisted for The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. In 2014 she was awarded a Creative Scotland Bursary to complete her collection Dancing on a Rock (IDP), and a Scottish Books Author International Travel Grant, to appear as The International Poet at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival with an adjacent tour up the East coast. She was awarded an MBE for Services to The Arts in The Queen’s The Birthday Honours List 2014.
Chrys is Artistic Director of BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival and The Bakehouse Community Arts, a flourishing arts venue in S W Scotland.