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About Christina Gabbitas

Christina Gabbitas is a children’s author, poet, storyteller and voiceover artist, who always loved to read rhyming books and poetry in my early years. She penned some stories that she stored away in a box file twenty years ago, thinking that one day she would do something with them. Welcome to the World of Felicity Fly was born in 2012. The series has taken her into the final of the People's Book Prize 2014-2018, winning Best Achievement Award in May 2019.

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire where she spent the first twenty two years of her life, before moving to various parts of Yorkshire, where she now lives. (passports for both)

Christina is founder and trustee of Children's Literature Festivals charity, her patrons and ambassadors include musician Michael Bradley of The Undertones and Actress Jenny Agutter.

As a child she loved to read anything that rhymed. One of her earliest recollections of fun poetry was Spike Milligan’s Granny and also On The Ning Nang Nong. She loves Spike Milligan’s book Silly Verse For Kids.

She has always had a love of music and used to help the headmaster of her primary school tune the piano. She spent some of her teenage years playing saxophone and percussion with a band and supported a popular indie band at that time called The Chameleons. They played around venues in Lancashire and admits that she did look at little freaky!

 

Awards & Recognition

The People's Book Prize Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Honorary Member of NSPCC Council Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2016 2015 WINNER of Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award
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My Books

In 2012, Welcome To The World Of Felicity Fly was born, followed by Felicity Fly Meets Veronica Vac, Felicity Fly In The Garden, and the latest in the series of the picture, rhyming, read along books, is Felicity Fly Meets The Dragon Fruit.

Felicity Fly Meets Veronica Vac and Felicity Fly Meets The Dragon Fruit both have sing along rhyming songs with them. Audio narration of the stories and songs are available via www.felicityfly.co.uk Christina has staged snippets of storytelling on various BBC Radio programmes, including BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Newcastle and BBC Radio Sheffield.

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Initiatives

In 2013,  Christina introduced a national initaitive encouraging children of all abilities to 'have a go' at writing. This gained support, from the then education secretary and in 2015 received the Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award.

Christina's latest rhyming book edition addresses plastic pollution. 'Save Us' is a rescue story about a seal, sea turtle and whale. The book also boats a poem Save Us From Plastic.We are launchinf a national schools Rap Off in September 2019. More details coming soon..

Share Some Secrets, illustrated by Ric Lumb. This book is for children aged five to eight, addressing the difference between good and bad secrets, encouraging children to share their troublesome secrets. The book is available through the NSPCC and in their library.

 

Poetry

After writing poetry for the past twenty years, I was encouraged to share some of my work. I have a small collection of poems and I write bespoke poetry on any topic for any occasion.

Save Us From Plastic

Save Us From Plastic

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Women of Achievement (Sue Ryder Care)

Women of Achievement (Sue Ryder Care)

This poem was written for the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2015, which was held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Christina has written for the awards since 2012.

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A good sport

A good sport

Christina wrote a most beautiful poem and then read it for us at a charity event held in memory of our son. It summed him up exactly and was just perfect in supporting the aims of the charity established in his name, to assist talented young people in sport. His friends left the event clutching their copies of the poem, taking them home to add to their memory boxes. Poems and Pictures is a very special way to commemorate and share a special event. Thank you, Christina.

Eugene & Sandy Johnstone, Leeds

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