Christina Thatcher

​ ​ ​ ​ ​Cecilia Hannigan-Davies ​Position:Lecturer in Creative Writing
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
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​ Telephone:​02920 205228
​Room No:​B114



Research Groups:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)


  • 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

Research Interests:

  • 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. (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

Forthcoming - 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


Individual Poems and Short Stories

Journal Articles

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 current PhD research project explores how creative writing can impact individuals bereaved by addiction. In particular, it examines 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.



I am currently working on my third poetry collection, Breaking a Mare, which was awarded a Literature Wales Writers' Bursary in 2018.


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 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. I am currently completing my PhD at Cardiff University which explores how creative writing can impact those bereaved by addiction.

My first poery collection, More than you were (2017), was shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition before being published by Parthian Books. The book tour for this debut stopped in over 25 cities across 6 countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Switzerland, and Romania. My second collection, How To Carry Fire, is forthcoming with Parthian Books in April 2020.

My poetry and short stories have featured in over 40 publications including The London MagazinePlanet MagazineAcumen and The Interpreter's House. 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 You can also follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram @writetoempower.