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Chris Tutton


In the monastery of your arms rests a
lawn of braille where I garden sleep,

by the millhouse of your summer lips
and the breath of your slumber song,

beneath the open parasol of your kiss,
among downy-soft hatchling mornings

where we seeded ourselves meadows of
wilder flowers; you, musk mallow pink,

shimmering down to the river
in a cloud of wings.

from Impossible Memories

Poet, raconteur, maverick, wit; for more than twenty years Chris Tutton's books, performances and workshops have beguiled, amused, entertained and educated.

Chris has performed his idiosyncratic blend of ravishing linguistic dexterity and intelligent humour throughout the UK to great acclaim, in venues as diverse as the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and St Peter's Church, Oundle. He has often been seen and heard on national television and radio and is a regular guest at many major literary festivals.

'The master of the short poem'. . .'It is so good to see the ability to write and to perform combined so effortlessly' Ned Sherrin

'Absolutely beautiful' Alexander Waugh

'Dramatic passion and dignity' The Sunday Times

'A great humorist as well as serious commentator' The Nehru Centre, Indian High Commission

'A performer of great charisma and humour, his poetry is shot through with vitriolic wit' Bath Literature Festival

'Disturbing and amusing pieces from an offbeat mover. There's a surprise on every page – dive in anywhere!' Psychopoetica

'Chris Tutton was described as having a "sensitivity always associated with the best poets" (Marcus Moore). This was obvious in his reading at The Beehive; the audience were responsive to his sharp wit. Tutton's poetry was a mixture of descriptive, emotional observation and short adept quips, often containing polemic views on religion. He expressed cynical views on the subjects of fashion and human conformity, with experienced knowledge and a sense of wisdom.' Cheltenham Literature Festival: Literally Speaking

'. . . short and sweet poems, with a great deal of wit and subtle observation' Bath Chronicle

He has also held various residencies, most recently at Warminster and Chippenham libraries. One of Chris' residencies was cited by the BBC as being 'the perfect example of a successful collaboration between the BBC and the Library Service.'

Chris is a winner of The Sunday Times Interaction Community Theatre Award.

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