My writing

I like to write. It tends to be what I do at rest.

For many years I have written poetry. I suppose this started with a desire to be the new Bob Dylan, or perhaps the next Bruce Cockburn! Eventually the music found its natural last discord, but the writing continued.

Some of my writing has been published in a few magazines and periodicals.

I have published two books of poetry, both available from

Firstly, ‘Listing’-


Here is the Proost blurb from Jonny Baker;

Listing  is a little gem, a surprise that came Proost’s way over the horizon from Chris Goan. He loves crafting words, playing with words, chewing over words, creating and re-creating worlds with words. His poems and meditations are a delight, spinning off from and opening up new takes on familiar verses of ancient wisdom from the scriptures. It’s the second book from Chris on proost. The first is the wonderful meditation he wrote to go along with Si Smith’s images of Christ’s journey into the wilderness ‘40’. The books is available as both hard copy or to download as pdf.

Secondly. ‘Ten Thousand Places’, a book of poetry written over a ten year period-

This book takes some broad themes (Humanity, Family, Community, Faith, Wilderness) and looks for the deeper things of grace in the mix…

I curated a collection of poetry for Proost– which (energy/time permitting) may become an annual event. This was an attempt to pull together a new kind of spiritual poetry, and to give a greater voice to others who would otherwise not be heard. There are a few of my poems in but it collects poetry from all over the world- and it is simply brilliant. Even if you do not usually like poetry, try it!

This is the cover;


Thanks to Si Smith’s prompting I also collaborated with some really talented blokes in creating this book;

We who still wait cover

Here is the blurb;

We Who Still Wait focuses on the waiting and watching element of the season of Advent and takes us on a 25 day journey right to the birth of Christ.  Each day includes a beautiful original poem by Chris Goan, a provocative thought/reflection from Ian Adams and four beautiful photographs by Steve Broadway.  Together they invite us each day to engage meaningfully with the journey to Christmas Day.

There is also a collection of prose and poetry in this book, which I represents an early version of me, and as such is not a comfortable read for me at least!…

available on this link;

I have also collaborated in the creation of another book with Illustrator Simon Smith called 40.

This is a book of images and meditations written around the theme of Jesus in the wilderness. I originally wrote the book as a script for a worship event.

This book is also available from Proost.

Some samples of Simon’s images…

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  9. Dear Chris
    Hope you are well! And hope you’re still enjoying your work at CH!
    Just to say I’ve recently subscribed to This Fragile Tent and have read / looked at various bits of your blog. It’s so beautifully made! For some (perhaps unreasonable) reason, I’m anticipating some response from you regarding Paris, but perhaps that’s too raw…
    Thinking about it, here is a link to a recent fictional piece of mine on the Glasgow Review of Books:
    I’m sending it to you in the spirit of sharing, in case you might wish to have a read.
    With all good wishes,

    • Thanks Chin! I have been pretty absent from here for a while- partly because I have been trying to focus on some other writing, but mostly because I have little left after a day at CH! I have been to your link and commented…

      Your challenge about Paris is well worth taking up- although I feel it is an area that I have take up many times on this blog before- as part of grappling with the dualist mono culture of the religion I grew up with, and the in/out tribalism that I have come to despise. The challenge will be to say something new. And to have some hope that the voices we raise are worth raising.



  10. Thanks Chris! I’ve found myself feeling unable to say anything of substance about Paris, or perhaps anything I could say would sound hollow… To have hope is a big challenge, and I’m not sure I could see even a glimmer – I have to acknowledge that temperamentally I am a pessimist…

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