How to get a copy of The Folded Lie

This book is a collection of hard-hitting, sometimes scurrilous but passionately eloquent and committed poems written at and around the time of the 2019 General Election. If you want to get back on fighting form after its bad outcome, then these poems may help, along with Martin Gollan’s striking and forceful cartoons.

You can order copies either from the publishers Culture Matters or direct from Chris at

ISBN 9-781912-710249

Price £8 including UK postage.


The Folded Lie

This is a collection of highly topical and hard hitting political poems and cartoons, the poems by Chris Norris and the cartoons by Martin Gollan. They were written during the period leading up to the current political crisis and offer almost a week-by-week commentary on events and developments. Watch this space for details of price, formats and availability.

A Partial Truth, my new book of poems

Just to let you know that my new book of poems, A Partial Truth, has recently been published by Peter Thabit Jones’s excellent Seventh Quarry Press. There will be a launch-party at the National Waterfront Museum (Swansea SA1 3RD) on October 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. If you’d like to buy a copy just email me – – and I’ll advise on methods of payment.

ISBN 978-0-9935326-7-2       £9.99 incl. postage      133pp

The April Letters – latest novel from Val


My latest novel, The April Letters, is now out, ISBN 978-1-9161619-2-4. You can get it from Amazon, Cambria Books or some bookshops. Here’s what it’s about:

Loneliness.  It can lead to out-of-character behaviour.  The solitary figure who sits confined in a small room, hunched over a table and writing feverishly, knows this only too well.

Young Susan Smith’s world was shattered when a freak accident killed her mother and nothing was ever the same for her again.  With this shocking event begins Susan’s struggle with insecurity, crippling shyness and guilt. Then, unexpectedly, she is given a chance to escape from these troubles.  Yet even now she feels there is something lacking. What more does Susan need?

Years later another life-changing event resurrects ghosts from her past. Will she be able to untangle her past and confront her shadows? The outcome surprises Susan as much as it will the reader.