- Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)
- Research into Masculinities (RiMS)
- Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)
- European Association of Creative Writing Programmes (EACWP)
- National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
- Lapidus: The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation
- Literature Wales
- The Poetry Society
- Contemporary British and American poetry
- Narrative nonfiction and 'confessional' poetry ethics, theory and practice
- Creative writing process, pedagogy and theory
- Poetry therapy and expressive writing
- Interdisciplinary creative writing research linked to social sciences and medical humanities
Thatcher, C. (2020) How To Carry Fire. Cardigan, Wales: Parthian Books.
'Thatcher's stunning second collection blazes a trail through the agonies and joys of human relationships in a voice that is terse, tense and urgent.' – Robert Walton
Thatcher, C. (2017) More than you were. Cardigan, Wales: Parthian Books.
'This defiant, engrossing depiction of a father and a daughter makes for an extremely accomplished poetry collection.' – Wales Arts Review
Individual Poems and Short Stories
- Seven Poems (Spanish Translations): Circulo de Poesia, December 2020
- Three Poems: iamb, November 2020
- 'Hunting Happiness (and other lessons)': Magma #78 – Collaborations Issue
- 'Convincing a Horse to Cross the Tohickon Bridge': Amsterdam Quarterly 29
- 'Earth Witch': Okay Donkey, September 2020
- 'How Finches Punctuate': WRITE Where We Are NOW, April 2020
- 'Addicts die a thousand deaths': Oxford Review of Books, March 2020
- 'Becoming an Astronaut': North American Review, March 2020
- 'Protect the Child' and 'Bad Things': Anti-Heroin Chic, November 2019
- Three Poems: Anthropocene, November 2019
- 'Every Night Addicts': Finished Creatures, Issue #2: Risk, October 2019
- 'Sentry': Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Issue #1
- 'Sex After Marriage':
Barren Magazine, Issue #10, July 2019
'On Bad Days I Think About How I Will Identify Your Body':
Algebra of Owls, May 2019
- 'The Bread Man':
Wales Haiku Journal, Spring 2019
- 'An Improper Kindness':
Eighty Four: Poems on male suicide, vulnerability, grief and hope, Verve Poetry Press, January 2019
Marble Poetry, Issue #3, Winter 2018
- 'Dad Worked' and 'Siblings':
Under the Radar, Issue #22, September 2018
Eye Flash, Issue #3, Autumn 2018
- Three Poems:
The High Window, Autumn 2018
- 'What am I doing here?':Riggwelter Press, Issue #13, September 2018
- 'Cleansing Ritual':
Rust + Moth, Autumn 2018
- 'Rescuing a Hummingbird':
Atrium Poetry, June 2018
- 'Two Years': Acumen, Issue 86, September 2016
- Five poems: Cheval 9, Parthian Books, June 2016
Single poem sequence:
The Fem Lit Mag, March 2016
- 'Silo': The Interpreter's House, Issue #61
Synaesthesia Magazine, December 2015
- Three poems: The Lonely Crowd, Winter, November 2015
- 'Taking Shape':
Secondary Character -
Welsh Short Story Network Anthology, Summer 2015
Meniscus, April 2015
- 'Brushing Teeth':
Bare Fiction, March 2015
Planet Magazine, Winter 2014
- 'The Young Widow' :
Cake Magazine, Issue #6, April 2014
The Ghastling, March 2014
Buzz Magazine, October 2013 (Lit Feature, pg. 50)
- '1996: An American Postcard':
The Lampeter Review, Issue #7, Spring 2013
- 'Chest of Drawers – Reprint' :
Ink, Sweat, and Tears Magazine, Spring 2013
- '#87' :
Eclectica Magazine, January 2013
- 'Substitute' :
Conclave: A Journal of Character, Issue #4, Autumn 2012
Camroc Press Review, Summer 2012
Eunoia Review, May 2012
- 'Tempt' :
Turbulence Magazine, Issue #9, April 2012
The Delinquent, Issue #17, April 2012
- 'Rust' :
The Denver Syntax, Issue #24, Spring 2012
- 'They Lived Again' :
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, January 2012
- 'Dandelion' and 'Doll' :
Inkspill Magazine, Issue #6 (selected Editor's Choice), 2011
- 'Detox' and 'Prediction' :
Neon Literary Magazine, Issue #27, Summer 2011
- 'Chest of Drawers' : The London Magazine, June/July 2011
Thatcher, C. (2020). In Dialogue: How Writing to the Dead and the Living Can Increase Self-Awareness in Those Bereaved by Addiction. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222820976277
Thatcher, C. (2018) 'Losing Andrew: Disenfranchised Grief in Shelly Wagner's Poetry',
Scriptum: Creative Writing Journal, Volume 5: Issue 21, pp. 22-43.
Thatcher, C. (2017) 'Art, Loss and The Story of M'. Review of The Story of M, by SuAndi.
Writing in Education, Autumn Edition, pp. 63-64.
My recent PhD research project explored how creative writing can impact individuals bereaved by addiction. In particular, it examined the impact creative writing has on adults who have accessed, or are currently accessing, services offered by organisations specialising in bereavement or family addiction across England and Wales.
Current critical research projects explore how writing can impact women with mental health conditions; the impact that community writers groups have on writers in Wales; and the poetic representations of femininity and masculinity in rodeo riding.
I am currently working on my third poetry collection, Breaking a Mare, which was awarded a Literature Wales Writers' Bursary in 2018. Poems from this collection have recently been shortlisted in the 2020 Buzzwords Open Competition and the 2020 Ver Poets Open Competition, among others.
Community Outreach Projects
I founded and continue run the largest writers' group in Wales, Roath Writers. This group meets twice a month and aims to provide a welcoming space for writers of all levels to write, develop, and share their work in an informal workshop environment.
I am also a Widening Access tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University which means I am engaged in ongoing projects that aim to bring creative writing into schools and the wider community.
A list of my past community outreach projects linked to bereavement, mental health, addiction and more can be found on my website.
I am an American poet, fiction and nonfiction writer with research interests in contemporary poetry, creative writing pedagogy and the role of creative writing in therapeutic and community contexts. I am also interested in interdisciplinary creative writing research within the social sciences and medical humanities.
I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University full-time in January 2019 and teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before starting my role here, I completed a BSc in English Literature and Secondary Education (Temple University), an MA in the Teaching and Practicing of Creative Writing (Cardiff University) and an MA in Equity Issues in Education (University of York). My Master's degrees were both undertaken with the aid of a Marshall Scholarship. In 2020, I completed my PhD at Cardiff University which explores how creative writing can impact those bereaved by addiction.
I have published two poetry collections with Parthian Books: More than you were (2017) and How to Carry Fire (2020). I am also the Poetry Editor of The Cardiff Review, a tutor for The Poetry School, and a member of the Literature Wales Management Board.
More information is available at christinathatcher.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram @writetoempower.