Selby Times - 5th May 2016

I had a wonderful time staging storytelling sessions and poetry workshops at Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. There are some amazing poetry writers and illustrators who have entered into our initiative. The closing date is 5th May.

World Book Day:   I have visited many schools connected with World Book Day, here are some of the highlights:




11, 12 & 13th March
I had a wonderful time with storytelling sessions celebrating British Brands with Best of Britannia at the Old Historic Post Office in Preston, Lancashire. I met the fabulous team from University of Lancashire and will be working with them promoting healthy food with Felicity Fly Meets the Dragon Fruit at their Science Festival on 2nd July. We will also be exhibiting some of the children’s work from our national initiative, An Invitation Capturing Children’s Imagination.  All our products are produced and printed in the UK.

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Emma Hutchinson Poetry Book Presentation

Emma is one of forty children with her poem published in the Children's Poetry Volume 3. Now available on Amazon, Blackwell's and Waterstones online.

BBC Radio Humberside interview with Christina Gabbitas - Children's Author.

Here's the interview from July with Radio Humberside.

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BBC Radio Lancashire - John Gilmore interviews Christina Gabbitas.

Christina Gabbitas talks to John Gilmore at BBC Radio Lancashire about the history behind the Felicity Fly series of books and the children's poetry competition, now in it's third year.

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An Invitation That Captured The Primary School Nation - TPBP Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award 2015

I began a writing initiative in 2013 to encourage children of all abilities to 'have a go' at writing.

The children are invited to write an eight line rhyme on topics chosen each year. For 2014 this was creatures and food. We had entries from all over the UK.

Wonderful news! I picked up the Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award for Children's Poetry Volume 2, as a result of the national initiative 

After researching children's books that were available for young children addressing child sexual abuse, I decided to pen a rhyming story.

Share Some Secrets, teaches children about the difference between good and troublesome secrets.

This publication, is suitable for a child to pick up and read without parental supervision. More details can be found on 

Share Some Secrets is now in the NSPCC Library.

Share Some Secrets Book listing on the NSPCC Website


Guest author at The British Library with Dr Stephen Fear, Ambassador and Entrepreneur in Residence, World Book Day.

I was invited to talk about the importance of encouraging children to use their imagination, as words are nothing without this!

Here is a link to the interview with Dr Stephen Fear, Entrepreneur and Ambassador in Residence at The British Library.

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I will be encouraging reading in WHSmith Trafford Centre, Manchester from 10.30 am Saturday 28th February. I will be signing books and have information on the national initiative, An Invitation To Capture The Primary School Nation. Take a peek at the initiative page via this website.

I will also be chatting to John Gillmore on BBC Radio Lancashire, Friday 27th at 1.00pm, about being guest author at the British Library with Dr Stephen Fear on World Book Day, my visit to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, encouraging reading, and all things being an author, with the Felicity Fly series and other publications. 

Share Some Secrets has been featured on the NSPCC Website

Share Some Secrets Book listing on the NSPCC Website


An Invitation to Capture Imagination with Words and Illustration

Entry has now closed for this year's competition, next years competition will be announced later in the year.

Children (aged 7-11) are invited to write an eight line rhyme on the topics of Music and Artists, this can be anything from a musical instrument, to a painter or pop artist.

The initiative runs from 11th Jan until 5th May. The children also have an opportunity to illustrate too.

The words must be the children’s own work and handwritten.

A small selection of poems will be published in a national poetry book and exhibited at venues around the UK.


Children's Poems Vol. 4

This poetry book is a result of a national initiative to help encourage and inspire children of primary school age to read and write.
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Events & Signings



24-30 April - United Arab Emirates, Sharjah Children's Reading Festival - Workshops

23 April - London Marathon for NSPCC ChildLine

20th April - Leeds School - Poetry Workshops

28th March - Sheffield School - Storytelling & Poetry Workshops

23rd- 25th March - Selby District Children's Reading Festival 

8th March - Theatre event 400 Children - Children's University for Hull City Culture

7th March  - Northern Power Women Awards - Manchester Shotlisted 'Person with a Purpose'

2nd March - Wetherby School London 

1st March -  Storytelling St Antonys Catholic Primary School London

28th February - Betty Layward School London 

25th February - WHSmith Sheffied Meadowhall - Booksigning

16th February - World Read Aloud Day - The Olive Tree School, Bolton, Lancashire 

11th & 12th January - Poetry Workshops with Children's University  - Hull City of Culture

9th January - Poetry Initiative Launch -


3rd December - Selby WHSmith, Book signing

26th November - Doncaster WHSmith, Book signing

19th November - Beverley WHSmith, Book signing

30th October - Sheffield 10k for ChildLine NSPCC

29th October - WHSmith Halifax, Book signing

28th October - Waterstones Wakefield

27th October Waterstones York, Storytelling and Book signing Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols

26th October Selby Library, Storytelling & Book signing

25th October - Sherburn Library, Storytelling & Book signing

22nd October - WHSmith Sheffield Meadowhall - Book Launch. Triangular Trev and the Shape idols

6th October - World Poetry Day  - Fairburn School

21st September - Soroptomists Visit

26 August - Children's University

19th August - Storytelling & Book signing North Leeds Food Festival, Roundhay Park

1st August - Sheffield Hallam

14th July - Sheffield Hallam

12th July - Peoples Book Prize with

6th July - School Visit Worcester & BBC Hereford & Worcester

3rd July - Exhibition of Children's Poetry, Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire

2nd July - Guest of University College Lancashire - Science Festival

30 June - BBC Lancashire with John Gillmore

27 June - School Visit, Cleckheaton

28th May - Pop-up Shop, St Georges Centre, Preston, Lancashire - Storytelling & Poetry University College Lancashire

20th May - Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards