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MEET THE AUTHORS

Christina Gabbitas

Author, Poet & Voice Artist

Donavan

Rapping Poet

Andy Seed

Blue Peter Book award Winner

Cerrie Burnell

Author (Ex Cebeebies)

Salma Zaman

Author and Teacher

Ursula Hurst

Illustrator

Nigel Womack

Author

Christina Gabbitas

Author, Poet & Voice Artist

Always having a desire to write and work for herself, Christina’s first children’s book Felicity Fly, was published in May 2012 and addresses fears. A second followed in quick succession, Felicity Fly meets Veronica Vac. (addresses teamwork and friendship) this book was voted into the final of the Peoples Book Prize 2014. The latest additions to the series are Felicity Fly in the Garden (addresses Pollination) and Felicity Fly Meets the Dragon Fruit (healthy food). The Felicity Fly series teach children about the world around them with fun, as well as learning to read. The stories are narrated on a CD with different character accents which also helps to engage children with speaking and listening skills. www.felicityfly.co.uk

Latest publications includes ‘Save Us’ a lovely rescue story about a Seal, Sea Turtle and Whale, addressing plastic pollution. www.saveusfromplastic.com Triangular Trev and the Shape Idols (addresses maths with fun) www.triangulartrev.com and Share Some Secrets rhyming book with audio (addressing the difference between good and troublesome secrets) encouraging children to speak out. www.sharesomesecrets.com

Christina has been made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council for her work promoting safeguarding children.
Christina also runs a national UK initiative for children to write a rhyme with an opportunity of having some of their work published. This initiative got support from Education Secretary, Michael Gove in 2013 and proved very successful. www.poemsandpictures.co.uk/competition

The second poetry book received the Peoples Book Prize Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award which was televised live on Sky News. Christina picked up the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement in Education on 2016 and also has a love for writing bespoke poetry, writing for Sue Ryders, Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards over the past five years.

DONAVAN

Rapping Poet

Donavan has been writing poetry seriously for the past 15 years as a tool for self – expression and to tackle social problems via the sports participation and cultural equality (SPACE) project in Huddersfield. As D.BO. He has worked the underground circuit in ragga sound systems, jungle / drum and bass, performing and hosting events from local to international venues. He has had a great amount of exposure and success in this field, which still continues today.

He is currently working with young people on Rap poetry educational projects. Themes include respect of self and others and an insight to cultural diversity around the world we all share. Dealing with all types of difficult issues promoting ‘Respect all people’ he engages the youngsters giving them the forum to share and discuss views, helping them capture and express their thoughts an imagination in a safe environment all done in a fun way.

Donavan has visited many schools throughout the UK and Overseas.

www.rappaman.com

ANDY SEED

Blue Peter Book award Winner

Andy Seed writes for both children and adults and is the author of over 30 titles. He specialises in humorous non-fiction and his Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff (Bloomsbury) won the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award (Best Book with Facts). The third book in this series, The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the 2016 Blue Peter Book Award. Andy is excited about the possibility of being on the legendary TV show again in the future and potentially winning a third BP badge!

Andy’s first children’s book How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue (Hodder) – a collection of fun and fascinating lists – was listed by the School Library Association as one of the top 100 books to get boys reading. Andy now visits over 50 schools a year around the UK inspiring children to read and getting them excited about books. He also appears at children’s book festivals across the country and has recently performed at The Hay Festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Hertford Children’s Book Festival, Shrewsbury Bookfest and Books on Tyne alongside Anne Fine and David Almond.

Andy has also written a popular series of memoirs for adults about his days as a young teacher in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1980s. All Teachers Great and Small (Headline) was serialised in the Daily Mail which described it as ‘heartwarming and hilarious’.

www.andyseed.com

SALMA ZAMAN

Author and Teacher

Salma Zaman is a children’s writer, bollywood teacher, choreographer, fitness instructor and the founder and artistic director of Salma’s Bollywood Academy (SBA), the first ever British-Asian Bollywood dance academy for the North of England. Salma has been teaching for many years. She provides professional educational school workshops for all ages, levels, and abilities all around the UK and abroad.

As well as writing for her local paper, Salma has appeared on Coronation Street, BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, ITV, Channel 4 – Identity with Donny Osmond and choreographed and performed for Bollywood stars. In addition to this Salma has choreographed pop videos and worked on several British films.

Salma’s first book The Bollywood Princess was published in 2012 and her latest book ‘I Can’t Dance Without my Banghra Pants’ is centered around her own son who is autistic.

www.salmasbollywoodacademy.com

Ursula Hurst

Illustrator

Ursula is a professional mural and community artist based in Lancashire.

After graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a degree in 3D Design she spent many years as a designer and maker of hand carved furniture, exhibiting around the country including Earls Court and the Business Design Centre, Islington.

She then began a career in education where she felt privileged to work with so many wonderful children whose enthusiasm for art and creativity inspired her to become a community artist and launch Art Daze. She now runs art workshops, coordinates community festivals and paints large scale murals.
But ask any of the children she taught what she wanted to be when she grew up and they will all tell you…an illustrator.

Nigel Womack

Author

Nigel’s creative expression knows no bounds. He is a writer and poet. His entrepreneurial skills and commitment to following his passion have brought him success and respect.

Nigel is well known for in his for his colourful and extravagant behaviour with appearances on ‘Come Dine With Me’ and ‘May The Best House Win’

Cerrie Burnell

Author (Ex CeBeebies)

Celebrated children’s author and former CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell brings you her magical new middle grade adventure The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth. Meet Minnow, a girl with a magical underwater ability, who journeys across the wild deep with her friend Raife on a fearless mission to find her mother. Follow the call of the deep and be immersed in a magical event with mermaids, pirates and plenty of mysteries to be solved.

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