Christina Gabbitas

Christina Gabbitas

Author, Voice Artist & Poet

http://www.christinagabbitas.com
info@christinagabbitas.com
0785 2804999
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Available for

Commission, Educational, Interview, Reading, Speech, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Further Education, Age 16 to 18+, University, Adult

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Fiction, Health, Humour, Picture book, Poetry, Science, Speech

Book types

Alphabet, Educational, Fiction for children, Picture book

Awards

  • WINNER of Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award 2015 - Peoples Book Prize
  • WINNER of Yorkshire Women of Achievement in Education 2016 - Sue Ryder
  • Peoples Book Prize Finalist 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • Peoples Book Prize Finalist 2017

Organisations

  • Society Of Authors

Details

Christina Gabbitas : about me

I had always loved to read rhyming books and poetry from a young age. With a desire to work for myself, my first two books published in 2012, and the third was launched at the Trafford Centre Manchester on 7th September 2013. I write children's rhyming books. My first collection is the Felicity Fly series that teach children about the world arounds them with fun. www.felicityfly.co.uk The topics include: Pollination, Healthy Food, Teamwork and Fears. 

Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols was published in October 2016 , addressing mathematical terminology with fun. www.triangulartrev.com

Share Some Secrets www.sharesomesecrets.com is a safeguarding book that encourages children to speak out.

I narrate all the stories on a CD, which is supplied with the book. All the characters boast different accents, to help children understand that we not only look differently, but can sound different too.

My inspiration for writing, came from my own children. My son has Dyslexia and I found that he learned better through rhyme. I have since learned from research conducted that children in their early years, learn better through rhyme.

Initiatives 

Poems and Pictures National Initiative - An Invitation To Capture The Primary School Nation. www.poemsandpictures.co.uk/competition

This initiative was first set up in Jan 2013, gaining support from the Education Secretary.

Children are invited to write an eight line rhyme on chosen topics, the 2018 topic was 'The Sea' and the inspiration for this was the BBC Blue Planet 2. The competition will opens from Jan to end April each year.

Judges include, Dr Stephen Fear, Ambassador in Residence at The British Library, The Poetry Society, The Victoria and Albert Museum Of Childhood and Michael Bradley, bassist with The Undertones to name a few.

BBC Radio - I have been interviewed live and read exerpts from the stories on air. on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield , BBC Radio Lancashire , BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio York. Next interview 13th June 3.00pm BBC Lancashire 2018.

Book Signing and Reading Events

I have and regularly stage book signing/reading events, at a number of bookshops. My next book launch will be at Sheffield Meadowhall, WHSmith 27th October, 2018 with my latest publication 'Save Us' This book is a lovely story about a Whale, Sealion and Sea Turtle and addresses the issue of plastic in our oceans.

Literature Festival & Festivals

2019 Events

Selby Children's Literature Festival 26th -30th March

Blackburn Children's Literature Festival 18th-22nd June

Upcoming Events 2018.

Speaking  - Early Years Conference, Euston Road, London 3rd November 2018

NSPCC AGM - Invitation to be Honorary Member of NSPCC Council 4th October

Book launch and book signing WHSmith, Sheffield Meadowhall. 27th October 2018

School Visit: Woodbridge School Suffolk Read Aloud and Poetry 17th October

University of Central Lancashire: Science Festival - 28th, 29th, 30th June

Bradford Safeguarding Week - Speaker 26th June - Share Some Secrets

Blackburn Children's Literature Festival 19th - 23rd June

Previous Literature Festivals:

Sheffield Children's Literature Festival

Helmsley Literature Festival

Doncaster Literature Festival

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2015, 2016 and 2017 - United Arab Emirates

I have been invited to encourage children reading with storytelling and writing with my national initaitive in Sharjah for three consecutive years. Hind Abdullah Lenaid, the head of the festival, assisted in the overall judging panel of the poetry initiative for theses years.

Mrs Sunderland Music, Drama & Speech Festival in 2014

Christina spent a whole day at the Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival working mainly with Key Stage 2 children, but also with some adults. The children benefitted from her enthusiasm and were inspired to write poems during their one hour session. The adults had a good discussion led by Christina and were also encouraged to freely express their feelings in words and poems. Everyone went away having learnt something new and having enjoyed their time at the Festival.

Best wishes

Andrea Hampshire

School Visits

Bankside Primary School, Leeds

Thank you so much Christina for an absolutely amazing 2 days. The children loved your stories about Felicity Fly and were mesmerised by your different accents. They were enthralled with the stories and some wished that you could have stayed with them longer. A very busy afternoon with year 6 produced some fantastic starts to budding poets.

Thank you again for visiting - Sam Coolican, Bankside Primary School. 

Wakefield Girls School

The purpose of Christina’s visit was in fact two fold as a number of poems written by our girls won a national competition which meant that they were entered in to one of her books.

The Upper Juniors wrote rhyming couplet poetry about their favourite food for the Mrs Sunderland Music and Poetry Writing Festival. The poems were entered into the National Poems and Pictures, Eight Line Rhyme Competition judged by Christina, with Ella Shaw in 5JC being placed second and sixteen Year 5 and 6 girls' poems chosen to be published in the national poetry book, volume 2, ‘An Invitation that Captured the Primary School Nation’.

The book has now been published and these girls, some of whom are now in Year 7, posed for a picture on their lunch break for the Wakefield Express with Christina and a copy of the book.

In the afternoon Year 3 sat in a circle to listen to Christina read her highly popular ‘Felicity Fly’ books, where they sat captivated as she used numerous accents for the characters in her books, helping to demonstrate that people pronounce words differently. Christina is a big believer in writing in rhyme and reading in an animated way, using accents and tone, to encourage children to want to listen to books.

Thank you very much for visiting school yesterday to help us celebrate National Poetry Day.  The poetry workshops were very successful as you inspired Year 5 to write some very good rhyming poetry and the girls were extremely proud to share their work with you. Year 3 had fun listening to your 'Felicity Fly' stories and liked your voices that brought the characters alive. They loved participating in the stories too.

The Y6 and Y7 girls whose poetry is featured in your book 'An Invitation that Captured the Primary School Nation' were very excited to meet you and you gave them encouragement to continue to write.

Angela Wimbush - Deputy Head, Wakefield Girls School

http://www.wgsf.org.uk/wghs-junior/news/view/christina-gabbitas-inspires-poetry-writing-

Silcoates School, Wakefield

The highlight of the day, was taking part in a workshop led by the visiting author Christina Gabbitas.  The children were transported into the wonderful world of Felicity Fly and her friends as we were privileged to listen to Christina read her stories.  All of the children went to great lengths (along with the staff!) to dress suitably for the occasion and an army of colourful bugs could be seen around school!

Louise Leach - Silcoates Primary

Monk Fryston Primary School

'The children had a fantastic morning listening to Christina's Felicity Fly stories. They were enchanted by the fantastic accents that Christina adopted for each of the characters and they thoroughly enjoyed learning the Felicity Fly song. The children have been inspired by Christina's visit with many of them now wanting to become authors themselves!' 

Thanks again for your visit. - Laura Otter

Peasdowne Primary, Bath 

On Friday 7th March Christina Gabbitas will visited YR, Y1 and Y2 children in our school. She read her stories to the children, sung songs and answered questions. During the whole school assembly, she also publicised her poetry competition. Here are some pictures and comments of the afternoon. 

"I loved the accents that she used - they sounded funny!" (Darcie Y2) 

"I liked the Dragon fly who spoke Jamaican" - from Felicity Fly in the Garden (Josh Y2) 

"My favourite part was when the animals were in the bathroom and they saved the spider because they all worked together to help him" - from Felicity Fly meets Veronica Vac (Leah Y2)

 Mrs Trueman, Library and Information Manager

 St James Primary,Skelmersdale

Hurlingham School Putney, London

Southroyd Primary School, Leeds

Christina came into our school to work with our Foundation stage and KS1. She engaged the children with the Felicity Fly song which we put a few actions to and delighted them whilst reading them some of her books, in many different fabulous accents which the children found very funny! Thank you Christina. 

Highfields Academy - Doncaster

 It was wonderful that you came to Highfields. We felt really honoured! .I wish you lots of success with the Felicity Fly stories……we all enjoyed the characters and will use them in future class discussions about the themes you suggested. 

Once again, many thanks!! Caroline Bean - Principal

Hessle Mount School - Hull

Thank you so much Christina for a thoroughly entertaining afternoon.The children here at Hessle Mount loved your stories about Felicity Fly and her friends; having the stories read aloud with her amazing accents had the children enthralled. We enjoyed hearing about how your ideas to write materialised and learnt about your determination and dedication to getting your ideas published. The children have been inspired to put pencil to paper and are presently writing their own poems about friendship and teamwork.

Many thanks once again for a lovely afternoon and good luck with your next story. We look forward to reading it.

Sarah Cutting - Hessle Mount School , Hull

Storytelling - I love to read the stories to children, in all the different character accents, which makes it quite entertaining and engaging for the them. The second book also boasts a 'sing along song', which can also be fun and interactive.

Poetry Workshop's I recently held a number of these workshops at the Mrs Sunderland Dance, Music and Drama Festival, which proved very successful. I encourage all children, to 'have a go' at writing. Each child is individual and I feel they all have capabilities.

I am happy to talk about any requests you may have. I live in Yorkshire, but I'm willing to travel. 

Books by Christina Gabbitas

All my publications are rhyming books. Felicity Fly series with audio give positive messages to children about the world around them. Triangular Trev & The Shape Idols, addresses mathematical terms with fun. Share Some Secrets is a safeguarding book that teaches children the difference between good and troublesome secrets. This publication has been endorsed by NSPCC and Barnardo's and is being used in the schools service. New publication addressing plastic in our oceans is due out 27th October. This is a lovely rescue story about a Seal, Sea Turtle and Whale.

9780995692572
Save Us

Save Us

A lovely rescue story about a Seal, Sea Turtle and Whale, addressing the topic of plastic in our Oceans.  
9780957255203
Felicity Fly

Felicity Fly

Felicity Fly is a rhyming book, which addresses childhood fears.The book introduces characters, Felicity Fly, William Washing Machine, Simon Spider, Willamena Woodlouse, Moey Mouse and Sissy Silverfish. 
9780957255210

Felicity Fly meets Veronica Vac

This rhyming book addresses 'Teamwork & Friendship', it's a fun adventure which also introduces the word 'Nocturnal' 
9780957255227
Felicity Fly in the Garden

Felicity Fly in the Garden

Felicity Fly in the Garden is the third rhyming story in the Felicity Fly children's book series. 
978-0957255265
Felicity Fly Meets The Dragon Fruit

Felicity Fly Meets The Dragon Fruit

Addresses Healthy Food with fun. There is an audio with read along and song. 
978-0957255258
Share Some Secrets

Share Some Secrets

Children's picture rhyming book addressing sexual abuse 
9780957255289
Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols

Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols

Addresses mathematical terms and shapes with audio and song - learning with fun. 

Media

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Keywords

ACCENTS CHARACTERS DYSLEXIA EARLY YEARS FUN GEOGRAPHY HUMOUR IMAGINATION INTERACTIVE MATHS POETRY PRIMARY RHYME SHAPES