School Visits

Storytelling Sessions and Poetry Workshops.

I am available to visit any schools/settings to help encourage children reading and writing with fun. If you would like more information or to book a date, for Storytelling or Poetry Workshops, please contact me: 

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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 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 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

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 your visit. - Laura Otter

Peasdowne Primary, Bath

On Friday 7th 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. March Christina Gabbitas will visited YR, Y1 and Y2 children in our

"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

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