'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.
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.
Writing time post India trip courtesy of a Society of Authors’ Authors’ Foundation Award.
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, CLPE Webber Street, Waterloo.
World Book Day poetry visit to Dwight School, London
Poetry visit to Charlotte Sharman Primary School, Elephant and Castle.
Chrissie is Poet of the Week at Manchester University. www.twitter.com/UoMTeach_ed
Feature in the East Anglian Daily Times about the nature words axed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary and Adder, Bluebell, Lobster: www.eadt.co.uk
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)
Times Education Supplement article about the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award
Children’s Poetry Summit Meeting, Poetry Society, Covent Garden.
Manchester Children’s Book Festival: Poetry slot in the Read Manchester Tent, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2.30pm. www.mcbf.org.uk/whats-on/
Interview BBC Suffolk’s Afternoon Show.
Article 'Poetry in Motion' in Education section of Living South Resident magazine, September 2017.
Poetry in Motion (pdf)
National Poetry Day visit to Thomas’ School, Clapham.
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.
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. www.ncornbookfest.org
Chrissie appears on BBC1 Countryfile talking about 'Adder, Bluebell, Lobster'.
Evening reading from Adder, Bluebell, Lobster and Between Here and Knitwear, West Greenwich Library, 7 for 7.30pm. Free event.
Review of this event at West Greenwich Library:
'With her gentle but economical, unsentimental and often surprising language, her humour, irony and acute power of observation (and memorable titles) Chrissie has rightly gained a high profile in the literary world, especially for her poems for children. The audience at West Greenwich Library were enchanted and entertained – and also moved when in the second half Chrissie read from her semi-autobiographical short-story collection Between Here and Knitwear about her father’s dementia. Her books were snatched up by the parents and grandparents in the audience. And if you missed out, they are available in bookshops and, of course, on Amazon.' Irena Hill, www.in-words.co.uk
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