The Writers of Wales Database

KEIL, CHRIS

website: www.chriskeil.eu
email: chris.keil@btopenworld.com - or contact him via his publisher, Cillian Press: mark.brady@cillianpress.co.uk

Chris Keil has worked as a sheep-farmer, a journalist, and a tour-guide in a number of European cities. In academic life he has published and lectured widely on traumatic memory and representations of the Holocaust, and currently lectures at the University of Wales. He has held literary residencies, workshops and masterclasses in Europe and the United States. He is the author of two acclaimed novels: The French Thing (Carreg Gwalch, 2002) and Liminal (Alcemi, 2007). His latest book, Flirting at the Funeral (Cillian Press, 2012), is already attracting critical attention.

Reviews:
“Flirting at the Funeral is a sophisticated, deeply mature work, shot through with oodles of lovely writing and shored up by many insights and ideas. There were so many sentences I read with genuine envy, or respect, or simple out-and-out delight, and so many brilliant images. Real, abundant gifts as a writer - this is urbane, serious, but also seriously entertaining writing.”
Jon Gower, Parthian Books

“Keil’s writing, which is limpid and often arrestingly vivid, has a charged quality that conveys the mysteries pulsing behind the everyday surfaces of things.”
Nicholas Clee, The Guardian

 

Selected publications:
The French Thing (Carreg Gwalch, 2002)
Liminal (Alcemi, 2007)
Flirting at the Funeral (Cillian Press, 2012)

 

Flirting at the Funeral (Cillian Press, 2012)

At the pool-side, the evening breeze is fragrant with the scent of grilled lobster and designer sun-block. Two German girls in starched white uniforms, buttoned up as tight as barbie dolls, are serving champagne to the guests. Dave Leaper sips his drink and dreams of death and vengeance. At a clinic in Southern Europe a group of young film-makers are recreating the songs, the slogans and the idealism of the years of revolution, while an old man, mummified by wealth and power, watches them and pays the bills. He pays and pays, missing nothing. Flirting at the Funeral is a story about love, money, and lost opportunities, ranging across Europe against a background of financial crisis, terrorism and the power of the super-rich.

 

Liminal (Alcemi, 2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The French Thing (Carreg Gwalch, 2002)