School Visits

Storytelling Sessions and Poetry Workshops.

I am available to visit any schools/settings to help encourage children to have fun with reading and writing. If you would like more information or to book a date for storytelling or poetry workshops, please contact me: christinagabbitas@poemsandpictures.co.uk 

Also check out www.poemsandpictures.co.uk/competition

 

Ipswich School

We spent a tremendous morning with Christina at school. We were celebrating several of our children’s achievements as their poems had been especially selected for her wonderful National Poetry Competition book. Apart from being thrilled with the achievements of our pupils we were treated to the amazing stories of Veronica Fly and her friends! Christina is a fabulous story teller, musician and her different character voices are brilliant! It is super to know of a selection of rhyming and themed books that can be used within so many areas to the curriculum to help children. The CD’s which accompany the stories are a superb addition.
 

Mrs H. Mee. Ipswich School

Northfield Primary School, Wakefield

Thank you so much Christina. We loved having you in our school for World Book Day. You were absolutely fabulous with the children and I know they all thoroughly enjoyed it. Your stories about Felicity Fly and her friends were fantastic and we were all very entertained with the fantastic accents you added to the characters as you read them. Your passion and enthusiasm as an author is inspirational, and many of the children in Year 6 have been writing poems and stories of their own. We hope to share some of them with you.

Rachael Gundill - Northfield Primary School, Wakefield

Sacred Heart Primary School, Leeds

I wanted to say thank you for the day that you spent with us in Year 3, the children really enjoyed the day. Your enthusiasm and use of accents really inspired their writing and illustrations, and the work they produced was of a high standard as a result.

Mary Togher  - Sacred Heart Primary School, Leeds

Bankside Primary School, Leeds

Thank you so much Christina for an absolutely amazing two 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 once again for visiting.

Sam Coolican - Bankside Primary School, Leeds.

Wakefield Girls School

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-

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. 

Sarah Cutting - Hessle Mount School , Hull

Pennthorpe School, West Sussex

We had the pleasure of welcoming Christina Gabbitas, author of the Felicity Fly series and coordinator of the national Eight Line Rhyme competition, to our school.

Christina spent the afternoon in the lower school and her story telling transported the children into the wonderful world of Felicity Fly and her friends. The children were enchanted by the fantastic accents Christina adopted for each of her characters and all were inspired and enthused.

Christina also took the opportunity to present Rosie Kerven with her trophy for winning the Eight Line Rhyme competition.

Silcoates Primary, 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 the visit.

Laura Otter - Monk Fryston Primary School

Endsleigh Primary School

I would like to thank you for inviting us for such an inspirational session. It was pitched for younger children, but Christina was able to make it accessible, even for Y6! The Q&A session at the end was particularly beneficial as she made it clear to children that they all have talents; it may take a while to work out what they want to do.
A very successful experience.
Thank you once again,
 

Jane Butifant, Assistant Head, Endsleigh Primary School

Poetry Initiative

A national initiative to help encourage and inspire children of primary school age to read and write.
Visit the page for more information about the competition.
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Events & Signings

2018

1st March - World Book Day - Harrogate, Outlands Primary School

1st February - Creative Resources Safeguarding Primary Children - Royal Armouries, Leeds

2017

19th January - Marlow Primary School 

16th December - John Lewis, Leeds, Storytelling & Book Signing

16th-26th Nov -  Pop Up Bookshop, Coppergate Centre, York

14th Nov - Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Manchester 

14th Nov - Wakefield Independent School

13th Nov - Pedal for Pudsey BBC Lancashire with John Gillmore & Graham Livery

11th Nov - Firecracker, Barnardo's

10th Nov - BBC 5 Live

10th Nov - Speaking - Safeguarding Conference, West Yorks Playhouse

25th Oct - Library Opening Bradford

19th October Animation Launch - Sheffield Hallam University & NSPCC 

12th October BBC Lancs

11th October - Great Brit Entrepeneur Preliminary Event

5th Oct - NSPCC

30 September - Waterstones, Ipswich

29th September - Ipswich Prep School

28th September - National Poetry Day Springbank Primary, Farsley, Leeds

11th July  - Bradford Rhyme Challenge Awards - Bradford City Council

23 June - Riverside Primary, Tadcaster

8th June - Platt Bridge Primary 

7th June - BBC Lancashire Interview

1st June - Podcast with David Niven

23rd May Peoples Book Prize Final - Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols

12th May - YWOA  - Sue Ryder Leeds Royal Armouries

11th May - Safeguarding Conference  - Manchester

April

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

20th April - Sacred Heart School, Leeds - 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 - www.poemsandpictures.co.uk/competition

2016

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 www.sharesomesecrets.com

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