dann associates training


Chris Southgate is based on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, England. He works at the University of Exeter as an Associate Professor in Theology.

POETRY - Chris has been publishing his poetry since 1985. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, including a verse biography of T.S. Eliot - A Love and its Sounding (Salzburg, 1997). His most recent collection is A Gash in the Darkness (Shoestring Press, 2012).

To see how to book Chris for readings, workshops and commissions click here, and to read some of his poems, click here.To read about Chris’s part in the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the death of T.S. Eliot, click here

Chris's new poetry collection 'Chasing the Raven' is now available here. At Easter 2017 he launched his ‘Rain Falling by the River: new and selected poems of the Spirit’, published by Canterbury Press.


EDITING - Chris co-edited the regional poetry magazine Otter from 1989-96. He has also edited the journal Reviews in Science and Religion, and the important textbook on the science-religion debate God, Humanity and the Cosmos


THEOLOGY - Chris has taught at the University of Exeter since 1993. His main fields of study are the science-religion debate, ecotheology and environmental ethics. He welcomes enquiries from prospective research students. His current project is on divine glory (see Zygon, Dec 2014)

His current teaching includes the modules 'Evolution, God and Gaia', and 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos'. His book The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution and the Problem of Evil (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008) has been described as 'quite excellent' (Church Times)

Chris is Project Director for a major new project in practical theology, aimed at identifying good practice after a congregation has suffered a sudden tragedy. For details see www.tragedyandcongregations.org.uk. This project is funded by the Templeton World Charities Foundation Inc.


SCIENCE - Chris will also be Principal Investigator on a new scientific project starting in January 2018 entitled ‘Cooperation and interpretation in the emergence of life’. More details shortly.


Chris’s recent presentations include:

A workshop at Columbia University Creative Writing Program.

A seminar at the conference on glory at St John’s College, Durham.

A two-day workshop on TS Eliot for the Society of Martha and Mary, Sheldon.

Two sessions at the Greenbelt Festival

The 2016 Gowland Lecture at the Science and Religion Forum Conference, Birmingham.

Email Chris on:
c.c.b.southgate@ex.ac.uk

or 'like' his Facebook page to express an interest.
HomePoemsTheologyCommissions, Readings & WorkshopsLibraryMore about ChrisLinksContact