Chrissie Gittins
'very warm, very inviting, very mysterious poetry. Chrissie has a very tender sight,'
Moniza Alvi

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Sheila Hancock

'She is a gifted writer,'
Patricia Routledge

'Chrissie Gittins knows just what words can do: she makes them dance, sing, sit still for a moment and then leap across the page with joy!'
Ian McMillan

'a lot of ripe good ones,'
John Hegley

'A striking play ... deftly written,'
Kate Kellaway, The Observer

'most of (her stories) carry an insidiously discomforting charge,'
Nicholas Clee, The Guardian

'For gentle but often surreal language, little people should sit cross-legged on the carpet with a copy of Chrissie Gittins's latest poetry collection,'
Helen Brown, The Telegraph

‘a true original … she has a genuine gift,’
Jane Yeh, Poetry Review

‘a wonderful collection,’
Jon Snow

‘a voice refusing to be pinned down,’
Moniza Alvi

‘a great sense of humour, an ear for what life sounds like,’
Helen Dunmore

‘weird, interesting and humorous poems that will bear repeated visits,’ Roger Stevens, Poetry Zone website

‘a McGough-like flair for idiomatic surrealism,’
Michael Thorn, TES

‘I very much enjoyed reading your collection of children’s poetry,’
Estelle Morris

‘I thought you read beautifully'
Michael Stewart, Director Huddersfield Literature Festival.

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Writing time post India trip courtesy of a Society of Authors’ Authors’ Foundation Award.

January 25th
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, CLPE Webber Street, Waterloo. World Book Day

March 2nd
World Book Day poetry visit to Dwight School, London

March 10th
Poetry visit to Charlotte Sharman Primary School, Elephant and Castle.

March 21st
Chrissie is Poet of the Week at Manchester University.

April 2nd
Feature in the East Anglian Daily Times about the nature words axed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary and Adder, Bluebell, Lobster:

April 15th
Article in the East Anglian Daily Times - What I love and don’t love about Norfolk and Suffolk, told partly through the writing of 3 poems. East Anglian Daily Times, extract April 15th 2017 (pdf)

May 15th
Times Education Supplement article about the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

June 14th
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, Poetry Society, Covent Garden.

June 24th
Manchester Children’s Book Festival: Poetry slot in the Read Manchester Tent, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2.30pm. National Poetry Day

July 13th
Interview BBC Suffolk’s Afternoon Show.

September 1st
Article 'Poetry in Motion' in Education section of Living South Resident magazine, September 2017.
Poetry in Motion (pdf)

September 28th
National Poetry Day visit to Thomas’ School, Clapham.

October 2nd
Chrissie is attending the morning assembly at John Ball Primary School Primary School, Blackheath, to mark the donation of her poetry collections to the 76 primary schools in Lewisham.

October 6th
Giving poetry workshops for local school children at the North Cornwall Book Festival at St Endellion. Mentoring children from Wadebridge Primary School in the run up to the festival.

Countryfile October 22nd
Chrissie appears on BBC1 Countryfile talking about 'Adder, Bluebell, Lobster'.

December 5th
Evening reading from Adder, Bluebell, Lobster and Between Here and Knitwear, West Greenwich Library, 7 for 7.30pm. Free event.


February 3rd
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, Poetry Society, Covent Garden.

February 15th
‘Particularly Excellent Poems’ - poetry reading at the Poetry Library for the Imagine Children’s Festival 3 - 4pm, for 8 - 11 year olds; 5th Floor of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. Adult £8, child £4.

February 25th
Poetry visit to Falcons School for Boys Pre-Prep, Chiswick.

March 2nd
Poetry visit to All Saints Junior School, Maidenhead. Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

March 4th
Poetry visit to Eaton House School, London.

March 10th
Poetry visit to Hurst Primary School, Bexley, to work with Key Stage 1.

March 15th
Poetry visit to St John Fisher Primary, Thamesmead.

April 22nd
Children’s poetry reading with David Almond, Percy Building Room G.05 (ground floor), Newcastle University.

April 23rd
Writing poetry for children workshop 10am-4pm Newcastle University

May 27th
Saboteur Awards event, Vout-O-Reenees, 30 Prescott St., London E1 8BB 8-10pm. Tickets bookable:!buy-tickets

June 7th
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, 2pm, C.L.P.E., Webber St, London SE1 8QW

June 28th, 29th and 30th
Poetry visit to Owlsmoor Primary School, Sandhurst, Berkshire

July 19th
West Cork Literary Festival, 10am Children’s poetry workshop, Bantry Library. 3pm Children’s poetry reading, St Brendan’s School Hall

August 4th
Publication day for new children’s poetry collection ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster’, Otter-Barry Books.

September 6th
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, 11pm, C.L.P.E., Webber St., SE1 8QW

Brixton Book Jam October 3rd
Reading from Between Here and Knitwear at Brixton Book Jam.

October 6th
National Poetry Day visit to Hazelwood School, Oxted, Surrey.

October 19th
Poetry visit to Barleyhurst Primary, Bletchley.

October 22nd
Opening of new exhibition at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour. Chrissie’s poem 'Cyclamen and Primula, 1923, Winifred Nicholson’ is quoted by co-curator Jovan Nicholson in his essay for the exhibition catalogue.

November 1st - 28th
Travelling in India. Courtesy of the Society of Authors’ Authors’ Foundation.

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