Christopher Pressler

Christopher was born in the north of Ireland and read Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast. He has also studied on Nottingham Trent University’s prestigious MA in Creative Writing and at the University of Sheffield.

His poetry sequence Taboo was used by the artist Ross Clark for shows at Central Saint Martins and the Brixton Academy and his first collection of poetry Ariel St. was published by Small Print Press. He has published two monographs with Scala Publishing on the special collections of the University of London, Director’s Choice and Senate House Library, which includes his tribute to Borges, We are all Shakespeare

He has written two novels, Canning Circus, which is his Shakespeare novel set in Nottingham, published by Heartland, and 94 Degrees in the Shade, which is the story of the Cambridge spies as students, published by Pegasus. He has been commissioned for two further novels, The Notes, which is a psychological exploration of Benjamin Britten and The Liberties, which is a family drama set in Dublin.  Christopher has written three short stories for the Cambridge Independent newspaper, The Leper Chapel, The White Whale or How To Write a Novel and The Grasshopper and is working on a collection of short stories based in Cambridge. He is also reworking a third edition of his collection of critical essays, So Far So Linear.

His two literary heroes were, coincidentally also both writers and librarians; Jorge Luis Borges and Philip Larkin. His most loved novelist is James Joyce, followed closely by Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson.

Meeting the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin

Christopher has served on the Board of the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, is a member of the Society of Authors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As a University Librarian he has written the National Digitisation Strategy for Research Libraries UK and Ireland’s Memory, Ireland’s Discovery for the Consortium of National and University Libraries in Ireland. He is a member of a large number of library boards and committees in Ireland and internationally.

Christopher lives in Dublin and Cambridge. He is the University Librarian of Dublin City University and the Director of the Irish Modern Archives Research Centre.


Twitter: @chris_pressler

Office: Dublin City University Library