To bring this amazing Book Week to a close, we welcomed Chrissie Gittins, gifted writer and poet who hosted some fantastic workshops for the children today.
Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in Forest Hill in South London. She studied at Newcastle University and St Martin’s School of Art, and worked as an artist and a teacher before becoming a freelance poet/writer. She writes poetry, radio drama, short stories, and poetry for children.
Her children’s poetry collections are Now You See Me, Now You… (Rabbit Hole, 2002) I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle(Rabbit Hole, 2006), The Humpback’s Wail (Rabbit Hole, 2010), Stars in Jars (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Adder, Bluebell, Lobster(Otter-Barry Books, 2016). Both her first two children’s collections were shortlisted for the CLPE Award and three are Poetry Book Society Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Her children’s poems have been animated for Cbeebies TV and are widely anthologized. She has read her children’s poems at the Edinburgh, Hay, West Cork, Wigtown and Ilkley festivals, at the StAnza, Ledbury and Wenlock poetry festivals, and at the Poets House in New York.
We took some pictures of the workshop today, which can be seen in the gallery below. Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Chrissie for joining us today. We look forward to seeing you again soon.