Poem introduction

I was lucky enough to be one of fourteen poets running workshops with two hundred schoolchildren at Buckingham Palace. After the workshops the Queen came and chatted to each group of schoolchildren, and I listened while she talked to the group that I'd been working with.

Dawn Meets The Queen

Dawn Meets the Queen

The chandeliers were like upside-down sparkly trees,
the sofas were as long as stretch limousines.

I sunk, waist-deep, in red carpet,
nibbled miniature scones.

Watched by her Rembrandt and Vermeer
the Queen came near. She smiled.

“And which school are you from?
Are you enjoying your visit?”

I ran to my teacher.
“I’ve just spoken to THE QUEEN!”

My mouth was as wide as Japan.
“Really, she’s just like my Nan!”

from <i>The Humpback’s Wail</i> (Rabbit Hole Publications, 2010), © Chrissie Gittins 2010, used by permission of the author


Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins Reading from Her Poems


2Sam, Sam, Quite Contrary

3The Tale of Dotty Cuddletum

4The Well-Travelled Tortoise

5Now You See Me, Now You...

6Death in the Poetry Library

7The Noodle-Eater

8Harry the Hamster

9The Powder Monkey

10I Don't Want an Avocado for an Uncle

11When is a boy not a boy?

12River Torridge


14The Night Flight of the Pterodactyl

15The Solar-Powered Fairy

16Tin Lid

17World Secrets


19A Memory of Snow

20The Pencil Stub

21Storing Time

22The Humpback's Wail

23Summer Pudding

24The Best Hiding Place in the World

25My Friend Bob

26Night Sky in the Clun Valley

27The Return of the Wild Man of Orford

28Dawn Meets the Queen

29I Can't Fix Everything

30The Fragrant Pirate

31Iris Upsidaisy

32My Dad's More Embarrassing Than Your Dad

33Wasp on the Tube

34The 'I'm Not Tired' Dance

35Lou's Pyjama Uniform

36What Does Poetry Do?

37Government Health Warning

Books by Chrissie Gittins