Christopher North with his wife Marisa run the Almassera Vella Arts Centre in a mountain village near Alicante, Spain (www.oldolivepress.com). He facilitates poetry readings , writing workshops and 7 day residential courses in the Spring and Autumn. His pamphlet collection A Mesh of Wires (Smith Doorstop 1999) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, he had a third place in the National (1995) and recently won the Silver Wyvern at the ‘Poetry on the Lake' Festival in Italy. His first full collection Explaining the Circumstances was published by Oversteps Books in February 2010 (www.overstepsbooks.com). A bi-lingual joint collection with the poet Terry Gifford The Other Side of Aguilar is published this year.
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