Hello from Chris and Val Norris. We have set up this website to tell you a bit about us and what we write and publish. Nowadays Chris mainly writes poetry and Val writes novels.
First, here’s something about us:
Val: I was a Materials Engineer in Swansea University since 1992, and was Head of the Materials Research Centre 2007-2009. The high spot of my career was that I was Welsh Woman of the Year during 1998-1999. In 2004 I was invited as a guest of HM the Queen to a luncheon at Buckingham Palace for the ‘top 180 female achievers in the country’. From 2008 I have been included in Who’s Who.
My backstory is that I left school when I was sixteen, got married at eighteen and had two children by the time I was twenty. When I was twenty-seven I went to Cardiff University to study Metallurgy and Materials Science. Later I was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship which took me to Swansea University, where I was awarded a Chair in 1999. I have published some 370 research papers and five textbooks, and given many invited lectures all over the world.
I have been widowed twice. In 2013, at age sixty, I chose to take early retirement because I wanted to concentrate on new and different aspects of my life. Shortly after that I met and married Chris Norris, the poet. Now enjoy writing, singing, volunteering with Cruse Bereavement Care, studying Spanish, walking, swimming and meditation.
Chris: I’m now Emeritus Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. In my early career I taught English Literature, then moved to Philosophy via literary theory, and have now moved back in the direction of creative writing. I have published widely on the topic of deconstruction and am the author of more than thirty books on aspects of philosophy, literature, the history of ideas, and music.
More recently I’ve turned to writing poetry in various genres, including – unusually – that of the philosophical verse-essay. My collections include The Cardinal’s Dog, For the Tempus-Fugitives, The Winnowing Fan, and The Matter of Rhyme. My political poems appear regularly on the website CultureMatters and more philosophical pieces in the weekly magazine The Wednesday. I have lectured and held visiting posts at universities around the world, and my books have been translated into many languages.
I am also a lifelong (well, almost: since age 10) aeromodeller and a member of the Llanelli Model Flying Club. Music has been absolutely central to my life; I wrote a lot of music criticism (including classical record reviews) during the 1970s-80s, am a member of The Eclectics singing-group with Val, and have sung with Cor Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Red Choir) for more than 30 years.