Chris is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker and lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Met. He started working as a screenwriter when he was 22, on a variety of comedy projects for stage, screen and radio, developing shows with the producers of Peep Show and The Office, before moving towards literary fiction and feature films. His debut novel, Abattoir Jack, was published by Punked Books in 2009, and since 2010 he’s been on the feature film development carousel, coming perilously close to a big break on several occasions. His script, Meanwhile, Alaska, was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2016, and another script, Journey Into Night, is currently in development in the US, with a production team who’ve collaborated with Terence Malick and Jeff Nichols, set to be directed by his regular collaborator Ellis Bahl, director of music videos for Alt-J and The Kills. He recently won 2nd Prize for Short Fiction in the 2017 Bridport Prize, and is working on his second novel, a collection of shorts, a feature length documentary and, when he occasionally finds the time, his PhD. He’s the founder and co-host of Lit Up, a monthly live literature night held at Chapter One Books in the Northern Quarter.
I’ll be talking to Chris about screenwriting, the Bridport Prize, Lit Up, and so much more. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Catch us on Saturday at 2 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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