Christopher Pressler

 courtesy of Cambridge Independent


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.

He has co-edited 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. He has written two novels, Canning Circus, which is 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 White which is set in Belfast. 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.

His two literary heroes were, coincidentally also both librarians and writers; 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 and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As a University Librarian he has written the National Digitisation Review 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 currently lives in Dublin and Cambridge. He is the University Librarian of Dublin City University and the Director of the Irish Modern Archives Research Centre. In November 2018, Christopher was appointed as the next University Librarian and Director of the John Rylands Library at The University of Manchester.


Twitter: @chris_pressler

Office: Dublin City University Libraries