'very warm, very inviting, very mysterious poetry. Chrissie has a very tender sight,'
'an important, imaginative, totally original contribution to modern poetry,'
'She is a gifted writer,'
'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!'
'a lot of ripe good ones,'
'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,’
|‘a voice refusing to be pinned down,’
|‘a great sense of humour, an ear for what life sounds like,’
|‘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,’
|‘I thought you read beautifully'
Michael Stewart, Director Huddersfield Literature Festival.
||  Children's Poetry
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Judging Fish Short Memoir Prize, closing date 31st January www.fishpublishing.com/competition
Oundle Festival of Literature: 10 - 11am poetry reading to year 3 classes from eight schools. Afternoon visit to King’s Cliffe Primary School.
Poetry visit to Rotherhithe Primary School, London SE16
Radio play 'Life Assurance' broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra - 'about Liverpudlian sisters Catherine Flanagan and Margaret Higgins (aka the Black Widows) who in 1884 devised a get-rich-quick scheme based upon poison and insurance policies shocked the nation'. Available for 30 days on iplayer.
Reading from new poetry collection 'Sharp Hills' with Chris Beckett and Daljit Nagra at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, SE21 7BG. 7.30 - 9.00pm www.bellhouse.co.uk
Reading from 'Adder, Bluebell, Lobster' at the Wigtown Book Festival. www.wigtownbookfestival.com/programme
National Poetry Day visit to St Margaret’s School, Hampstead.
Children’s poetry reading and workshop with two local primary schools at Dorchester Library for the Dorchester Literary Festival. www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com
Launch of 'Sharp Hills' at the Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES. From 6.30pm. www.rugbytavernlondon.co.uk
Reading from 'Sharp Hills' at Tetbury Goods Shed, Old Station Yard, Cirencester Road, Tetbury GL8 8EY.
Poetry/World Book visit to Stanford Primary School, Norbury, London SW16.
World Book Day visit to William Davis Primary School, Shoreditch.
Poetry visit to Francis Drake Primary School, Deptford.
Chrissie interviewed by The Irish Times about children’s poetry and judging the Caterpillar Poetry Prize. www.irishtimes.com
Poetry visit to Richard de Clare Primary School, Halstead, Essex.
Closing date for Caterpillar Poetry Prize for children’s poems written by adults which Chrissie is judging. www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com
Blog post for Unthank Books to mark reprint of 'Between Here and Knitwear'. www.unthankbooks.com
Big Lit Festival, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. 10.30 - 12.00 - event with 3 local primary schools at Gatehouse Primary - poetry reading and workshop. www.biglit.org
Big Lit Festival, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. Workshop for adults - writing poetry for children, 10.00-12.00, Drop-in Centre. www.biglit.org
Article in The Irish Times about selecting the winner of the Caterpillar Poetry Prize. www.irishtimes.com/culture/books
7.30 - 9.30 - adult poetry reading with Mary Jane Holmes for Settle Sessions at The Folly, Settle, North Yorkshire, £6. www.folly.org.uk
12.30 - 2pm - poetry reading and workshop for children at Settle Library. Free Event.
Wealden Literary Festival, Kent. Poetry reading from Adder, Bluebell, Lobster followed by children’s poetry workshop, 1.30pm. www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk
Chrissie is added to Newcastle University's list of Notable Alumni. www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni
National Poetry Day/Week visit to St Thomas’s School, Clapham.
Readings from and discussion of She Is Fierce: Brave, bold and beautiful poems by women - West End Lane Books, 277 West End Lane, London NW6 1QS, 7.30pm. Free event, tickets bookable. www.welbooks.co.uk/events
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