‘This collection is a gift to the First Nation peoples of Yukon, many of whom still strive to regain the way of life they lost. Whatever poems I have made of their stories, or fashioned from my own research and experience of being there, in the spirit of just exchange I give them back’. Chrys Salt MBE
‘…a brave montage of voices past and present forging links between our world and late nineteenth century North America. With great originality she deploys creation myths and explores the colonial prejudices of governments and greedy, desperate prospectors alongside the exploitation and fate of North America’s First Nation People – a colourful condemnation of human greed, but a testament to the survival instincts of individuals and cultures.’
‘Centring on First Nation folk-hero Skookum Jim, these poems beautifully evoke the landscape, non-human beings and lore of the North Canadian wilderness, capture the frenzy of the gold rush years, the desolation of their aftermath and how landscape and people survive the vagaries of history – always fully acknowledging the poet’s observer status.’
Professor Margaret Elphinstone
Novelist/Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University
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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.