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Chrissie Gittins

Website: ChrissieGittins.co.uk

Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and studied at Newcastle University and St Martinís School of Art. She worked as an artist and a teacher before becoming a freelance writer. She writes poetry, radio drama, short stories, and poetry for children.  

Short story collections

Family Connections (Salt Publishing, 2007)

Longlisted for the Frank OíConnor International Short Story Award 2007.

Reviewed by Zoe King



Interview with Chrissie Gittins

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Chrissie Gittins: The collection is made up of stories written over 16 years. I wasn't only writing stories over that time - I also write poetry, poetry for children and radio drama.


TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

CG: No, I simply wrote one after the other.


TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

CG: I included most of the stories I'd written by the time I submitted the collection to Salt. The stories were sequenced according to subject matter, length and tone.


TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

CG: I wrote to entertain myself first and foremost.


TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your
collection, anything at all?

CG: What a good question! What's hard to know is what impact the collection makes as a whole - what kind of reading experience is it?


TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

CG: Wonderful and weird.


TSR: What are you working on now?

CG: My second collection of adult poems, children's poems and the occasional story.


TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

CG: Three collections - Yiyun Li's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Grace Paley's Collected and Ali Smith's The Whole Story and other Stories.