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Children’s author Christina Gabbitas in line for Forsyth prize
9:30am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
AN author from North Yorkshire has made it into the finals of a major writing competition.
Christina Gabbitas, who lives in Leeds Road, Selby, has written a series of children’s books about her character Felicity Fly, which are intended to help children learn about teamwork and friendship.
The second book in the series, Felicity Fly Meets Veronica Vac, has been announced as a finalist for the People’s Book Award Nominations, a competition set up by spy author Frederick Forsyth. Christina, 45, said: “I found out last week that I’d made it through to the final.
“I’m up against some big publishers like Harper Collins, this is amazing, I’m so pleased.
“I’m also up against some more established writers so I feel very honoured, it’s fantastic. To be told I’m going through to the final is even better.”
Christina’s book is in the final for the children’s category, and she has been invited to a celebration at London’s Staynor Hall next May, when the overall winner will be announced.
She said: “I get to meet Frederick Forsyth, which is also very exciting.
“He’s heavily regarded in the literary world, and it’s nice to be in the same room as someone like that.
“It’s marvellous to be nominated, it’s brilliant, but I’m working really hard and it’s nice to get some recognition for my hard work, but I love what I’m doing.”
Christina will be signing copies of the newest book in the series, Felicity Fly And The Garden, which teaches children about pollination, at the WH Smith store in Coney Street on Saturday between 10.30am and 4pm.
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