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C.D. Rose

Short-story writer
University of Manchester, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

C. D. Rose is a writer of short stories. His three books The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure, Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else and The Blind Accordionist form a loose parafictional trilogy about lost books and forgotten writers, about who is forgotten and who remembered, and how, and why. His short stories include ‘The Neva Star,’ ‘Arkady Who Could See and Artem Who Couldn’t Hear’ (listed for the Sunday Times/EFG prize), ‘Closer’ (broadcast on BBC Radio 4), and ‘Sister’ (included in Best British Short Stories 2018.) Other stories have appeared in Gorse, Lighthouse, the Lonely Crowd, and the Mechanics’ Institute Review. Chris has also edited Cities: Birmingham, an anthology of prose by emerging and established writers about the city, and Love Bites, a collection of stories inspired by the music of Manchester punk band Buzzcocks, and their singer Pete Shelley.

Chris is currently working on a book which will be a mixture of fiction and nonfiction about art and artists, entitled We Live Here Now. Originally from Manchester, he has worked as a teacher and writer for twenty-five years, in a number of countries. After spending a decade in Naples in the south of Italy, then shorter periods in Lebanon, Morocco, and Russia, he returned to the UK and currently lives in the north of England.

C.D. Rose


University of Manchester, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons 2021-24
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