Writers at the Goods Shed- Chrissie Gittins
13 November | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Doors open 6.30pm. Introductory price of £4. Pay at door.
On each of these ‘WAGS’ sessions, being held in our railway carriage “Mary Jane” behind the Goods Shed, we have visiting published writers from various genres who, for the first half of the evening, will present, read and talk about their work.
Then, after a break for refreshments, there is an ‘open mic’ session in which the floor is open to any writers in the audience who may like to share and read a piece of their own work – just sign up to share as you come in.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Talk/reading/etc begins at 7.00pm.
This month it is the turn of poet Chrissie Gittins
Chrissie was born in Lancashire and lives in Forest Hill in South London. She studied at Newcastle University and St Martin’s School of Art and worked as an artist and a teacher before becoming a freelance poet/writer. She writes poetry, radio drama, short stories, and poetry for children.
Her adult poetry collections are Armature (Arc, 2003), I’ll Dress One Night As You (Salt, 2009) and Sharp Hills (Indigo Dreams, 2019). Her most recent pamphlet collection is Professor Heger’s Daughter (Paekakriki Press, 2013). She has read her adult poems at venues including the StAnza, Ledbury and Aldeburgh Poetry Festivals, Wordplay Shetland, the Royal Festival Hall and Cornelia Street Café in New York.
Her children’s poetry collections are Now You See Me, Now You… (Rabbit Hole, 2002) I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle (Rabbit Hole, 2006), The Humpback’s Wail (Rabbit Hole, 2010), Stars in Jars (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Adder, Bluebell, Lobster (Otter-Barry Books, 2016).
Both her first two children’s collections were shortlisted for the CLPE Award and three are Poetry Book Society Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Her children’s poems have been animated for Cbeebies TV and are widely anthologized. She has read her children’s poems at the Edinburgh, Hay, West Cork, Wigtown and Ilkley festivals, at the StAnza, Ledbury and Wenlock poetry festivals, and at the Poets House in New York.