Chris Longden was born, and grew up, in Tameside, Greater Manchester, UK. Her career has focussed on social housing and community development. She lived in Namibia, southern Africa for four years, where she gave birth to her first child whilst working with the Kalahari ‘San’ bushmen.She wrote and edited two books on the lives of the San.
Chris still spends half of her time in the Manchester area – dumping her children at the home of her overly-kind parents – so that she can crack on with the job of saving the world from the perils of unethical trading practices and rampant consumerism.
Chris occasionally writes at her ‘funnylass’ blog and always welcomes followers. But only if they have a marvellous sense of humour, appreciate fine coffee, political and social commentary. And budgies … www.funnnylass.wordpress.com
Publications & Performance History
‘Mind Games and Ministers’ (2014)
Writer in Residence (Dark Woods, Marsden)
winner – ‘One Voice Monologues’, Huddersfield Literary Festival (2012)
various short stories (HWG anthologies) ed. by James Nash (2009, 2010)
‘How We Used To Live – Kalahari San’ (2006)
Undiscovered or Overlooked – Kalahari San) (2005)
Workshop & Reading Experience
Conducted various reading/writing workshops with Holmfirth Writers Group (for both adults and children) plus storytelling.
Professional experience of running workshops and training courses with people from very different backgrounds, cultures and levels of learning.
Passionate advocate for plain english and a member of the nothern advisory group for the charity
‘First Story’ Writer in residence for Dark Woods Coffee Mill/Cafe in Marsden, currently working with the team to provide ‘writing outreach’ to people from less affluent backgrounds ‘or who do not normally consider themselves to be au fait with the written word.’
Kevin Duffy (Bluemoose publishers)
Chris Huck/Anne Stewart (Nat Assoc of Writers Groups)
Mary Walker (Holmfirth Writers Group / Pandora’s Daughter)
Group size preference
Group age preference
Area prepared to travel
Always up for discussion