Chris Longden

Chris Longden Writer and Performer

Christina is from a working-class background in East Manchester. Her career began in social housing, working on Manchester’s toughest housing estates. Shen then moved on to become a policy consultant for Whitehall, focussing on social policy.

In 2001, she relocated to early post-apartheid Namibia where she lived and worked with the Kalahari bushmen where she wrote two oral history books with them.

After having her first child in Namibia, Christina returned to the UK and to life in West Yorkshire. Christina won the Huddersfield Literature Festival ‘One Voice Monologue’ several years ago and has written two ‘dark comedy’ books set in the north ('Mind Games and Ministers' and 'Cuckoo in the Chocolate'). She writes a column for The Yorkshire Times and TITO magazine, is a long-standing member of Holmfirth Writers Group and blogs at her website.

Christina has appeared at various literature festivals, talking about her books, her ‘unusual path to writing' and the issue of class and cross-cultural friendships. She works with public libraries and runs workshops in order to reach 'Reluctant Readers' and their families.

Chris' latest project involves telling the story of how her Gx3 Grandad was one of the UK's first earliest (recorded) white converts to Islam in 1898. The family kept this secret for over 100 years, despite the fact that through a strange twist of fate, her own brother had become a Muslim, without knowing anything of this...
(see VIDEO for more details.)

'His Own Man' is a historical biography of her Great x 3 Grandad - available from 7th July 2019. Following this, a fictional version of his life; 'Imagining Robert' will be available in September 2019 (written specially for adaptation for performance by theatres, schools, community groups etc.)

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Get Read for The HIDDEN VICTORIAN MUSLIMS / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-06-27T00:00:00Z">Thu 27 Jun 2019</span>Get Read for The HIDDEN VICTORIAN MUSLIMS / Thu 27 Jun 2019

What's All This ... About These Victorian Muslims? My two new books are nearly ready! A historical biography PLUS a work of creative fiction abo...

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Northern Victorian Convert - Manchester &amp; Challenging the World / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-09-26T00:00:00Z">Thu 26 Sep 2019</span>Northern Victorian Convert - Manchester & Challenging the World / Thu 26 Sep 2019

Robert Stanley was a respectable, northern working-class Victorian man who converted to Islam. But his family managed to keep his Muslim identity a se...

Ashton Lad: Victorian &apos;Hidden&apos; Muslim / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-09-21T00:00:00Z">Sat 21 Sep 2019</span>Ashton Lad: Victorian 'Hidden' Muslim / Sat 21 Sep 2019

Robert Stanley was a respectable, northern working-class Victorian man who converted to Islam. But his family managed to keep his Muslim identity a ...

Brother &amp; Sister tackle Grandad... &apos;A Secret Victorian Muslim&apos; / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-07-07T00:00:00Z">Sun 07 Jul 2019</span>Brother & Sister tackle Grandad... 'A Secret Victorian Muslim' / Sun 07 Jul 2019

Difficult enough today - if a member of your family wants to convert to another religion, isn't it? Imagine what it would have been like in Victori...

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Robert Reschid - A Victorian Muslim Convert DiscoveredRobert Reschid - A Victorian Muslim Convert Discovered

One hundred and twenty years ago, a man from a humble working-class background in the grim, industrial north of England, made a bold and brave decisio...