Chrys is primarily a poet, but has combined a successful career in theatre, television, and radio, with her poetry writing and performance, writing and directing in the theatre and the publication of seven books for actors (Methuen Drama).
She has run workshops for professional actors at the Actors Centre in London for 20 years, experience she now brings to her Make Your Writing Speak performance workshops. She has produced four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections, and read at venues and festivals across the UK, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland and India. She will be the International Poet at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival October 2019 with a subsequent tour of Australia.
Among other awards and residencies she has been the recipient of two Creative Scotland Bursaries, one for completing her collection Dancing on a Rock and the most recent for research in The Yukon for her next collection based on the Klondike Gold Rush. This is due to be published by Indigo Dreams Pub, with subsequent readings in The Yukon.
She is Artistic Director of both Bakehouse Community Arts and BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival. She received an MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honour List 2014 for services to The Arts. (Photo credit: Claire Newman Williams)