Christina Gabbitas is an award-winning children’s author who spends most of her time within schools and pre-schools inspiring children to read and write through her rhyming books and national poetry competition. Winner of the Yorkshire Women of Achievement in Education Award 2016 and The People’s Book Prize Dame Beryl Bainbridge National Award 2015 she is passionate about improving literacy and empowering children to speak out about abuse. Christina has written a number of books that teach children about the world around them. Her publication Share Some Secrets, which has been highly commended by the NSPCC and Barnardo’s, is a picture rhyming book aimed at five to eight year olds, which encourages children to share their troublesome secret. The book comes with audio and Christina spent two years researching the topic, spending some time with an abuse lawyer for clarification and advice. She also spent time listening to individuals who have been abused as children. Christina was disappointed to find that there didn’t seem to be many resources for young children that could help educate them and encourage them to speak out. It is Christina’s intention to showcase all the creative resources that she has found whilst conducting her research that could help children, carers, parents and teachers alike. Share Some Secrets is being animated by students from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and animators from Cosmic Monocle who also attended SHU in an attempt to reach an even wider audience. The animation was launched in October 2017 at Sheffield Hallam University and is now available online, free for all to utilise.
Director Christina Gabbitas is not only an award winning children’s author and poet, but she also has fifteen years’ experience organising and orchestrating conferences and events; from a diverse music festival at the Opera House, Newcastle with the infamous Marty Craggs as The Happy Cats, to a Railway Children Walk with Jenny Agutter in Haworth who is an ambassador for Christina with Children’s Literature Festivals, to rugby events with Sovereign Healthcare and the latest success, Children’s Reading Festivals, which engaged over 7,500 children in Yorkshire and Lancashire, Christina is committed to providing high quality events, which deliver interesting and educational content. More of Christina’s work can be found here www.christinagabbitas.com