Book review of Anthology Eighty Four, a book of poetry on male suicide

‘With humour, with honesty and with bravery, a lot of these voices let you into their worlds to see the fragility of the human condition, how trauma and grief affect different people differently and how there cannot be a one size fits all approach to dealing with life.’

Cardiff Met Academics Receive Wales Assembly of Women Accolade

‘Christina Thatcher and Dr Kathryn Addicott have scooped two of three prestigious awards in memory of a Welsh woman who campaigned for women’s rights across the world.’

Cardiff Met Lecturer Collaborates Creatively with Cardiff Primary Pupils

‘Published poet and Cardiff Met Creative Writing lecturer Christina Thatcher has led lively reading, writing and reciting sessions with primary learners at Llanishen Library.’

Writers Series: Christina Thatcher discussing More than you were on the Better The Bookshelf Podcast 

‘For the first ever Writers Series special episode Jacob and Ryan sit down with writer Christina Thatcher to discuss her debut poetry collection More than you were.’

Josie Alford reviews ‘More than you were’ on ‘Not A Proper Book Review’

‘This collection is published by Parthian Books and is about the death of a father after a drugs overdose, written by his daughter Christina. It covers topics such as addiction, family politics, child memories and, of course, grief…I definitely recommend getting this. I think you should buy it. I think you should read it. And I think that if you have not grieved before this book will be there when you have. And I think that is true regardless of the relationship you have with that person you are grieving for. I think this is beautiful.’


Zoe Brigley Thompson reviews More Than You Were by Christina Thatcher, And Suddenly You Find Yourself by Natalie Ann Holborow, and Visiting the Minotaur by Claire Williamson From Planet 232

Christina Thatcher’s More Than You Were presents a narrative about coming to terms with a difficult parent and learning to love oneself in spite of a lack within the family. The collection – the blurb tells us – revolves around the death of Thatcher’s father by drug overdose and poignantly seeks new ways to consider him. […] While the poems record the worst excesses of the father, they are also commendable in their complexity, because they show that even if a parent is abusive, the child’s feelings are complicated by love, guilt, and grief.’ 

Matthew Tett reviews ‘More than you were’ by Christina Thatcher

“Having recently lost my own father, albeit in very different circumstances, More than you were hit home. The collection should be read as a whole, such are the effects of grief. Thatcher candidly writes about the myriad ways that a parent’s death can affect a child – and no matter the situation, her writing is beautifully executed and deserves to be absorbed slowly, with consideration and a sense of peace.”

Spotlight – Manx Radio Show: Road to Recovery – Christina Thatcher and Janet Lees

“Our guests today are writers Janet Lees and Christina Thatcher, two poets separated by the sea but who are coming together to host a series of events addressing certain subjects we may normally find difficult to discuss. The subject matter may be heavy but Christina and Janet assured me it won’t all be doom and gloom…”

Women Today: Nina Proctor, Christina Thatcher and Gaby Roslin

“Listen again to Women Today…we chatted on the phone with award winning poet Christina Thatcher about her 2 day event this weekend with Janet Lees at Noa Bakehouse on the Isle of Man.”

Being a Multi-Passionate and Shining Bright with Christina Thatcher: Couragemakers Podcast

“In this week’s episode, we’re really diving deep into what it means to be a multi-passionate and Christina is sharing her story of having a multi-passionate career that really weaves her interests and her passions together. Christina shares her insatiable desire to learn and what she has learned about generosity and kindness through so many of the community projects she has done, and really putting your skills and strengths out there into the world…I am in awe of all of the work Christina does, how she shows up in the world and what an impact she makes. I love Christina’s honesty in sharing her journey, own struggles and lessons of finding a work life balance while being a pillar in her community and how much joy and enthusiasm she has for life. Christina’s attitude to life is contagious and I know you’re going to absolutely love this episode!”


More than you were named a Poetry School Book of the Year!

“The poems in More than you were are brutally concise, often no more than several short lines or a single sentence, each standing on the page as spare and sharp as a lightning rod in a snow field. These poems are direct, honest and simple, made thoughtfully with regard to their function and form, creating an elegeaic, plainspoken style that lends a quiet intensity to Thatcher’s exploration of grief and addiction. Nothing is wasted, or superfluous: every single poem pared down to its ‘decisive moment’ (to borrow a phrase from Cartier-Bresson)…”

Review of More than you were: Wales Arts Review

“…This defiant, engrossing depiction of a father and a daughter makes for an extremely accomplished poetry collection. Not only is Thatcher far, far more than he was, but she also generously portrays him as he was in his entirety: bad, good, and all that came in-between.”

Poetry Roundtable: Christina Thatcher, Rhian Elizabeth, & Natalie Ann Holborow

Wales Arts Review loves a good conversation about art and literature, so when the opportunity came up to speak with three of the most exciting young writers in Wales today, we thought than rather than speak to us, it might be a better idea to have them speak to each other. Rhian ElizabethChristina Thatcher and Natalie Ann Holborow interview each other about their lives and work…”

From Pain to Poetry: Debut Collections by Rebecca Parfitt & Christina Thatcher

“It is often true to say that the most incredible poetry comes from the most painful experiences in life. For centuries poets have been transforming their pain into something beautiful and unique which speaks into the lives of others and helps us to confront our own pain, and two Cardiff poets have recently launched debut collections which do just that. Rebecca Parfitt and Christina Thatcher have both produced poetry collections which strike at the heart of what it means to be human, exploring the most intense and painful of emotions…”

What We’re Reading: Odes 

“What We’re Reading is a series in which the staff and friends of The Cardiff Review tell us about what they’re reading…”

Brum Radio Poets

“On this Month’s edition of Brum Radio Poets, Gavin Young is joined by Christina Thatcher and Richard Archer. Brum Radio Poets is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month…”

Author’s Notes: Western Mail Newspaper 

“My Mum told me over the phone that my Dad had died. She was crying and for a short while I couldn’t really hear her — white noise crept in, time slowed down, the room started to shrink. But as soon as I hung up, everything became sharp again. For weeks, I wrote down everything I could remember. I wrote about my Dad’s red guitar, his pale Irish skin, his loud singing, his old Camero…”   

An Evening of Welsh Poetry

“Christina Thatcher, a PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University, was the first to read. An American who has made Wales her home, Christina wrote her collection More than you were (Parthian) in order to better understand the impact of the death of her father, David Thatcher, of an overdose in July, 2013. Christina read a series of short powerful poems in which she explored the blurry shock of the news, the practicalities of dealing with a loved one’s death, and the onslaught of grief.”

Death Writing and Poetry: An Interview with Christina Thatcher 

“Christina Thatcher is a poet and creative writing tutor from the US. She moved to the UK in 2009 after winning the prestigious Marshall Scholarship (studying MAs at Cardiff and York). She is currently working on a PhD at Cardiff University, and her debut poetry collection, More than you were, will be published by Parthian in May. I met her through Roath Writers, the community writing group which she has been running since 2012.”

Blog Review of Hammer & Tongue

“Christina Thatcher, though, isn’t the sort of poet to guffaw and whoop-whoop at – hers is a dark sequence of short poems about her addict father’s death and how she dealt with the realities of grieving for a parent who, in life, was challenging and whose death was a series of lessons that she now shares with brutal honesty. Christina’s work is touching, brave and personal and delivered with a combination of sweetness and a nod to inevitability.”


Poets on Video: Cardiff Library

“The second in Cardiff Libraries’ series of Poets on Video features Christina Thatcher. As the year comes to a close, it can be a time for reflection and remembering those no longer with us. Christina reads two poems, the first simply entitled ‘Grief’ by Raymond Carver, from All of Us: The Collected Poems (The Harvill Press) followed by ‘Terminology’, from her forthcoming collection More than you were (Parthian Books).”

Walls: Muriau – Wales Mental Health Arts Festival 2016 Video

Parthian Books – Writers on the US Election 2016: Christina Thatcher

Dylan Thomas Centre – Terry Hetherington Awards Announcement

The Lonely Crowd Winter Readings: Cardiff Photos*

*The gray scale picture of me reading in the feature photo for this post is from this reading – thank you so much Lonely Crowd!


Christina Thatcher: LIVE at Megaverse Video

Blog Review of Headstand Radio Poetry Podcast: Christina Thatcher on Creativity, Catharsis and Cardiff

“Creativity as a light in the darkness for processing troubling personal experiences is a prominent driving force for American-born Christina, both in her own writing and in the many inspiring poetry workshops she leads and groups she facilitates. In self exploration, strength can be found. The very heart of her work can be expressed in three simple words: write to empower.”

Headstand Radio Podcast

“Christina Thatcher talks about how writing helped her overcome a difficult upbringing and led to her moving from the US to South Wales. In the six years she has been in Cardiff she has put herself at the heart of the creative writing and spoken word scene and completed a powerful collection of poems about coping with the loss of her father. She reads from this and other work and challenges listeners to write a poem about mundane things. ”

Speaking Out – Christina Thatcher on Ignite Cardiff

“A big part of the brilliance of Ignite Cardiff is the fact that its talks can come from anyone, from any angle- on subjects that are truly extraordinary or touchingly ordinary, things that happen to an unusual few, or things we all experience over time. Amongst the great talks at the last Ignite Cardiff, the talk from the brilliant Cardiff based writer Christina Thatcher seemed to bridge these two sides- giving a unique view into something we all experience. And if you weren’t luck enough to see it then, definitely give to a watch.”


Wales Online Article: How Christina Thatcher’s ‘death writing’ classes could help you deal with loss

“As you sit and talk to Christina Thatcher, you can’t fail to be won over by her enthusiasm and her heart-wrenching honesty. Maybe it’s her American accent, but she’s not the sort of person you’d expect to run what sounds like a macabre way to spend a few hours – death writing classes.”

Ignite Cardiff: ‘Writing Grief’ Video

Blog Review of Ignite Cardiff: ‘Writing Grief’ Talk 

“What did ensue was pretty overwhelming.  Christina spoke with a touching honesty about the passing of her Father a year ago; her words were raw and heart wrenching.  One person on Twitter described it perfectly: “A master class on how to deliver a message in 5 minutes.”  It really was.”

Made in Roath Blog Interview: Christina Thatcher

“While Christina sadly wasn’t here for Made in Roath this year, it’s fair to say Made in Roath –  as we know it – might not’ve been here at all if it weren’t for Christina! Definitely not the literature and spoken words events, which we have to thank her for organising – thank you Christina! Despite all her international jetsetting, she still found some time to answer me some questions, about what its like being one of the organisers of a festival as dynamic and hectic as Made in Roath.”

Cardiff Copy Online: Write Cardiff in your own way

Dream Catcher 28 Launch Video


Made in Roath: Trading Books for Memories

“Organiser Christina Thatcher says, “If you take stories from people in the community that might not normally tell them and turn what they’ve said, the sentiment or their exact words, into something that they can see and be proud of, that’s wonderful.”

Made in Roath Blog: Meet the Poet (and Organiser!): Christina Thatcher


Writers Corner Cymru Feature – Christina Thatcher: On writing to empower

“Bright, bubbly and full of energy, the American-born and Cardiff-based Christina Thatcher is convinced that creative writing can be an important means of empowerment.”

Roath People: Christina Thatcher


Cardiff Newsletter: There are new Marshalls in town

“Christina Thatcher is a strong believer in the inspirational powers of writing. Having herself known hardship while growing up in Pennsylvania, she started keeping a daily journal while in the first grade.”


Temple Now: Temple students wins prestigious Marshall Scholarship

“She has that rare combination of academic and personal excellence, outstanding academic ability, grace, modesty and maturity that makes a true Marshall scholar. Her potential as an educator and writer is boundless.”

Other places you can find me:

National Association of Writers in Education: Professional Directory

Cardiff University: Part-time Teacher