CHRISSIE GITTINS was born in Lancashire and lives in London. Her first poetry collection is Armature (Arc, 2003) and her second is I’ll Dress One Night As You (Salt, 2009). Her pamphlet collections are A Path of Rice (Dagger Press, 1997) and Pilot (Dagger Press, 2001) and Professor Heger’s Daughter (Paekakariki Press, 2013).
Her first three children’s poetry collections were Poetry Book Society Choices and two were shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. Her ‘New and Collected’ children’s poems ‘Stars in Jars’ (Bloomsbury, 2014) was a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation. Her forthcoming collection of children’s poems ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster’ (Otter-Barry Books, 2016) is based on 40 of the nature words deleted from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.
Her first short story collection is Family Connections (Salt, 2007); her second, Between Here and Knitwear (Unthank Books, 2015) was chosen by Helen Dunmore as one of her top two collections of 2015. Her plays for BBCR4 are Poles Apart, Starved for Love, Life Assurance and Dinner in the Iguanodon. They were all Radio Choices in the Radio Times, and newspaper Best Drama/Picks of the Day.
She is a Hawthornden Fellow, she features on the Poetry Archive, and she is listed in the British Council Writers Directory.