Chrissy Banks

Chrissy BanksChrissy was born in the Isle of Man and lived there till her early twenties, which may explain how often images of the sea and water feature in her poems. She has lived in the West Country now most of her adult life, mostly in Taunton, where she has a private practice as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Chrissy has written poetry on and off since early childhood. In her teens, after years of the Children’s Golden Treasury, she discovered Sylvia Plath, Larkin and the early Penguin series of contemporary poets, since when she reads widely from new collections and poetry magazines. She runs a Poetry Reading group and occasional Reflective Writing Days in Taunton.

Publications: Watching the Home Movies was published as a pamphlet by Odyssey in 1992 and Days of Fire and Flood (original plus) came out in 2005. Chrissy’s work has also been published or is forthcoming in anthologies, most recently The Captain’s Tower: Seventy Poets Celebrate Bob Dylan at Seventy (Seren 2012) and The Listening Walk (CreateSpace, June 2013); and in magazines including The Rialto, Obsessed with Pipework, The Frogmore Papers and North. Chrissy is an experienced reader and recently took part in the Bath Faces project culminating in a performance linking poets and portrait artists.

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Some examples of her work are given below:

Different Animals
November 22nd, 1963