Christina Gabbitas is an award-winning children’s author who spends most of her time within schools inspiring children to read and write. 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 secrets. 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. In May 2019 Christina picked up a national award for Best Achievement in the People’s Book Prize. A number of key individuals were involved in choosing the publication that is making a positive difference, including the successful author Frederick Forsythe CBE.
Christina is now working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioners Office of Yorkshire and Humberside on the topic of knife crime with children and youth groups on the Southbank of the Humber. Christina is working with groups to produce a story that can be accessed through an online digital magazine and print form. This will be aimed at ages 10-16. and will be highlighted at the event.
Founder of the charity Children’s Literature Festivals. The mission is to give children from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities a better opportunity. To date has engaged over 16,000 children and families and gifted 7,500 books in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Patrons include Michael Bradley, Bassist with The Understones and Actress Jenny Agutter. www.childrenliteraturefestivals.com
Christina is committed to providing high quality events. More of Christina’s work can be found here www.christinagabbitas.com