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Acclaimed northern author Chris Ord writes dark, atmospheric page turners set in wild and rugged Northumberland. 


He has published five novels: Becoming (2016) and Awakening (2019) are both part of the dystopian fantasy Gaia series; The Storm (2018) is a supernatural thriller set in the nineteenth century; Shadowfolk (2022), a haunting adult fairytale, was shortlisted for a Northern Writers' Award in 2021; and his latest The Deal (2022) is a folk horror set on the Northumberland coast. His current work in progress, a middle-grade adventure titled, Cuddy's Jewels was shortlisted for the Sid Chaplin Award in 2022. All his novels have received excellent reviews and widespread critical acclaim.


Chris has presented his work in schools, libraries, at writing events such as Noir at the Bar and The Stanza, and has featured in several magazines including, Writing Magazine, Living North, NARC, and Northumbria University’s OnEdge. In 2017, he was commissioned to write a series of short stories for Woodhorn Museum’s Wonderfolk exhibit.


When Chris is not plotting new storylines and killing off characters, he likes to toot his horn in his hometown brass band. Chris has always loved exploring the world and has lived and taught in Turkey, Portugal and India, and travelled far beyond. He currently lives in his beloved Northumbria with his wife, four boys, and Monty the mad, ever-hungry labrador.

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