Chrissie Gittins
 Reviews/quotes
'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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Dates

2019

February/March
Judging Fish Short Memoir Prize, closing date 31st January www.fishpublishing.com/competition

March 4th
Oundle Festival of Literature: 10 - 11am poetry reading to year 3 classes from eight schools. Afternoon visit to King’s Cliffe Primary School. www.oundlelitfest.org.uk

March 8th
Poetry visit to Rotherhithe Primary School, London SE16

April 28th
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. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes

September 10th
Reading from new poetry collection 'Sharp Hills' at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, SE21 7BG. Free event, 7.30 - 9.00pm www.bellhouse.co.uk

October 17th
Children’s poetry reading and workshop with two local primary schools at Dorchester Library for the Dorchester Literary Festival. www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com


2018

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. www.irishtimes.com

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. www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

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

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. www.biglit.org

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. www.biglit.org

June 4th
Article in The Irish Times about selecting the winner of the Caterpillar Poetry Prize. www.irishtimes.com/culture/books

June 8th
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

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. www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk

July 5th
Chrissie is added to Newcastle University's list of Notable Alumni. www.ncl.ac.uk/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. www.welbooks.co.uk/events



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