Personal Poetry

Christine Bousfield and Rommi Smith at Leeds Metropolitan University
Christine & Rommi Smith (poet-performer)

Christine Bousfield is a Bradford poet. She is interested in psychoanalysis using dreams and free association in her own poetry and in the workshops she runs.

She is convinced of the value of poetry, humour and song as a working out of memory and history, sometimes focused (in her case) on the history of Bradford.

She is fascinated too by the music of poetry, and how it often works unconsciously. She used to sing classically, but now prefers jazz, sometimes singing standards with bands. Her poetry often borders on song (its original purpose) and is widely published in magazines, anthologies, on CD, DVD and radio.

Her collection ‘She Looks Out of my Face’ (with accompanying CD ‘This Flesh’) was published in 2011 by Indigo Dreams. She is now completing her second collection (title tba).

Christine has worked alongside poets such as Rommi Smith, Ken Smith, Peter Sansom, Pat Borthwick, Geoff Hattersley, Helen Clare, Ed Reiss, and the late Bradford Laureate, Gerard Benson.