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Created to Read's book blogger Rachel Carney finds Christina Thatcher's debut 'full of tenderness'

Created to Read's book blogger Rachel Carney finds Christina Thatcher's debut 'full of tenderness'

'This is a collection which you will do well to get through without shedding a tear. It is piercing and harsh at times, but it is also full of tenderness, acting as a reminder of our own frail humanity and the need to make the most of family relationships while there is still time.'

Read More: Rachel Carney reviews Christina Thatcher's poetry debut More than you were on Created to Read.

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About More than you were:

In July 2013, David Thatcher died of a drug overdose in America. More than you were was written by his daughter, to try to understand what came after. The result is a striking collection of poetry which explores addiction, family politics, childhood memories and grief.

Her short, sharp poems home in on situations to reveal their complex relationship and the challenges she faced after losing him. Thatcher weaves the darkest memories – the murder of pets, the burning down of a childhood home, the blood stains on white tiles – with ones which betray a tenderness and love.

A brave debut, More than you were, explores what it means to lose a father to an addiction and live on.

See Christina Thatcher read with Natalie Ann Holborow and Rhian Elizabeth at Open Space at Cardiff Central Library this Thursday:

 About Christina Thatcher:

Christina Thatcher is a PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University where she studies how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina keeps busy off campus too by delivering creative writing workshops across south Wales, running projects for organisations including Making Minds and the Welsh Writers Trust and coordinating literature events for the Made in Roath Festival. Her poetry and short stories have featured in a number of publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, Acumen and The Interpreter’s House.

To learn more about Christina’s work please visit her blog: https:// collectingwords.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter: @writetoempower.