We're sorry but, for copyright reasons, you cannot print poem texts from this site.

Full track listing for the special recording made for the Poetry Archive

About the poet

Chrissie Gittins’ poetry for children is rich and varied in both form and subject; her three collections are bursting with everything from limericks to list poems, shape-poems to songs, and manage to be silly, scary, funny, sad and exciting all at the same time, often within the same poem.

The poems play with language, exploring the way we speak and shout, sing and write, and how the world all around is translated through words. She invokes the magic of new and unknown words by repeating them or listing them to a rhythm; ‘main mast, mizzen mast, fore mast, shot lockers, bowsprit, gripe’.

Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in London.

Harry the Hamster

Chrissie Gittins

MISSING PLAYER !
To listen to the Archive's recordings, software called Adobe Flash Player (version 10) needs to be installed on your computer and you need to enable JavaScript in your browser settings.

You can get it, free of charge, here.