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

'an important, imaginative, totally original contribution to modern poetry,'
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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February 26th
Poetry/World Book visit to Stanford Primary School, Norbury, London SW16.

March 1st
World Book Day visit to William Davis Primary School, Shoreditch.

March 5th
Poetry visit to Francis Drake Primary School, Deptford.

March 21st
Chrissie interviewed by The Irish Times about children’s poetry and judging the Caterpillar Poetry Prize.

March 26th
Poetry visit to Richard de Clare Primary School, Halstead, Essex.

March 31st Caterpillar Poetry Prize
Closing date for Caterpillar Poetry Prize for children’s poems written by adults which Chrissie is judging.

April 16th
Blog post for Unthank Books to mark reprint of 'Between Here and Knitwear'.

April 20th
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.

April 21st
Big Lit Festival, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. Workshop for adults - writing poetry for children, 10.00-12.00, Drop-in Centre.

June 4th
Article in The Irish Times about selecting the winner of the Caterpillar Poetry Prize.

June 8th
7.30 - 9.30 - adult poetry reading with Mary Jane Holmes for Settle Sessions at The Folly, Settle, North Yorkshire, £6.

June 9th
12.30 - 2pm - poetry reading and workshop for children at Settle Library. Free Event.

June 30th
Wealden Literary Festival, Kent. Poetry reading from Adder, Bluebell, Lobster followed by children’s poetry workshop, 1.30pm.

July 5th
Chrissie is added to Newcastle University's list of Notable Alumni. National Poetry Day

October 1st
National Poetry Day/Week visit to St Thomas’s School, Clapham.

November 19th
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.


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.

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) National Poetry Day

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.
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,

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