Barnes, Christopher

In 1998 Christopher Barnes won a Northern Arts writers award. In July 2000 he read at Waterstones bookshop to promote the anthology "Titles Are Bitches". Christmas 2001 he debuted at Newcastle's famous Morden Tower doing a reading of his poems. Each year he reads for Proudwords lesbian and gay writing festival and he partakes in workshops. 2005 saw the publication of his collection Lovebites, published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamaica Mews, Edinburgh. On Saturday 16th August 2003 he read at the Edinburgh Festival as a Per Verse poet at LGBT Centre, Broughton St. He also has a BBC web-page at http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/videonation/stories/gay_history.shtml. Christmas 2001 The Northern Cultural Skills Partnership sponsored him to be mentored by Andy Croft in conjunction with New Writing North. He made a radio programme for Web FM community radio about my writing group. In October-November 2005, he entered a poem/visual image into the art exhibition The Art Cafe Project, his piece "Post-Mark" was shown in Betty's Newcastle. This event was sponsored by Pride On The Tyne. He made a digital film with artists Kate Sweeney and Julie Ballands at a film making workshop called "Out Of The Picture", which was shown at the festival party for Proudwords. He worked on a collaborative art and literature project called "How Gay Are Your Genes", facilitated by Lisa Mathews (poet), which exhibited at The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, including a film piece by the artist Predrag Pajdic in which he read his poem "On Brenkley St". The event was funded by The Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute, Bio-science Centre at Newcastle's Centre for Life. He was involved in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event which exhibited at The Seven Stories children's literature building. In May 2006 he had a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatre. The South Bank Centre in London recorded his poem "The Holiday he Never Had", which can be heard at poetrymagazines.org.uk. He has also written poetry reviews for Poetry Scotland and Jacket Magazine and in August 2007 he made a film called "A Blank Screen, 60 seconds, 1 shot" for Queerbeats Festival at The Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle, reviewing a poem. On September 4 2010, he read at the Callander Poetry Weekend hosted by Poetry Scotland.

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