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Kris Haddow

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Other contact method: Website: krishaddow.com
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English, Scots
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Kris is a Scottish playwright, poet and author. In 2011/12, he was mentored by the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, then attached to the Traverse Theatre as one of the Traverse Fifty in 2013.

A graduate of the University of Glasgow's MLitt Creative Writing, he is currently a research candidate pursuing their DFA Creative Writing. Alongside his PhD thesis, he is editing a collection of poetry and writing his first novel When the Curlew Cries No More, which was shortlisted for the North Lit Agency Award 2021.

Kris wrote and performed his one-man comedy 2h:9m:37s at the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2021 before touring Scotland in 2012, and presented it in Australia in 2014.

Passionate about Scottish language, Kris has won awards for his poetry and prose written in Scots dialect. His poem On Times Austere was engraved in glass and installed at The Globe Inn, Dumfries alongside work by Robert Burns after winning Windows for Burns Night in 2012. Ronnie's Story won the short story category of the 'see me' Scotland national writing competition in 2011.

Kris has regularly recited, spoken and sung at Burns Suppers and concerts across Scotland for over 20 years.

(Photo credit: Bob McDevitt)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Adult learners; People experiencing mental health problems

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Mystery & thriller

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+