Christopher Whitby lives in a small village west of Leicester. After some years as an English teacher while completing his PhD thesis on the Renaissance luminary John Dee (published 1988, reprinted RKP 2013 and 2014), he became an advertising and brochure copywriter and then started his own graphic design company.
After early success in a BBC Radio 4 competition, he developed a strong interest in the sonnet form, with subsequent work appearing in such places as 14 by 14, Lucid Rhythms, The Chimaera, Blood Lines (anthology) and Measure. 'Check Up' was shortlisted for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award 2009. He has a particular interest in the sonnet as dramatic monologue, written primarily to be performed - see link below. His first collection In Small Measure was published in 2011.
Short story writing is a new direction, but one that is beginning to offer similar attractions to a well crafted sonnet.