Scottish Playwright, Poet, Performer & Author

Kris Haddow



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Dumfries & Galloway

Creative area

Literature, Performance / Drama, Poetry


Kris has been writing plays, pantos, poems and prose since his teens.

He is a former mentee of the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, and was previously attached to the Traverse Theatre as one of their Traverse Fifty emerging writers.

A 2016 graduate of the University of Glasgow's MLitt Creative Writing, Kris is currently pursuing their DFA Creative Writing as a research candidate. Alongside his PhD thesis, he is editing a new collection of poetry as well as writing his first novel. This work in progress - currently titled When the Curlew Cries No More - was shortlisted for the North Lit Agency Award 2021, and went on to be the winning pitch at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival's 2021 Pitch Perfect event.

So far in 2022, Kris has had a play make the longlist for The St Andrews Playwriting Award, had a Scots language short story titled The Incomer accepted for publication in the forthcoming New Writing Scotland 40, and had his site-specific audio short story Reflections produced as part of High Street Multiverse, a 4 month writing residency at The Stove, Dumfries which saw a QR code walking trail being installed around the town centre.

Kris has won awards for his poetry and short stories written in Scots. His poem On Times Austere was engraved in glass and installed at The Globe Inn, Dumfries following Windows for Burns Night in 2012, and can still be visited today. In 2011, Ronnie's Story won the national short fiction contest run by 'see me' Scotland.

In 2011, Kris wrote and performed his one-man comedy 2h:9m:37s for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival before touring Scotland in Spring 2012. Other performances include King Lear Citizens Theatre (Best Music and Sound, CATS 2012), Girl X and Five Minute Theatre (twice) National Theatre of Scotland, Romeo and Juliet Scottish Ballet, On the Rim of the World Scottish Opera & Citizens Theatre, music/vocals for Fair Friday Citz Community Co, and Garrow's Law BBC Scotland.

A trained baritone, Kris has been a regular turn at Burns Suppers, Christmas Concerts and Musical Theatre Revues across Scotland for over 20 years.