Meet the author this weekend

Award-winning author Christina Gabbitas will be visiting The Mall Blackburn for a two-day, socially distanced, book signing on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December.

Copies of her wonderful ‘Believe in the Magic of Blackburn Town Centre’ book will be pre-signed and available to purchase with card payments and Christina will be joined by the book’s illustrator Ursula Hurst on Saturday.

The story is about two children who are taken back through time and, after finding a secret passage in the Egyptian room in Blackburn Museum, they follow a rolling gold coin on a mission to help bring magic back into the town.

Christina, who is also an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council, was inspired by her own experiences and the Hart family, who invented the Lambeth Rope and bequeathed so much to the town’s museum. One such donation was a Roman Emperor gold coin collection, which is the largest outside of London.  

Commenting on the book, Christina said. “I love writing and this has to be one of my favourite commissions. 

“I grew up in Blackburn, on Blackburn Fire station, and revisiting all these locations, The Mall, Blackburn Museum, King Georges Hall, the Market, Library, Cathedral and College has evoked so many happy memories. 

“All the locations I use within the story are places that I visited regularly and are close to my heart.”

The story was commissioned by Blackburn BID, The Mall Blackburn, King Georges Hall, the Library, the Museum and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Christina and Ursula this weekend.

“The book is beautifully written and would make a wonderful Christmas present for people across Blackburn and beyond.

‘We have worked hard to ensure the book signing can be carried out in a socially distanced manner, with pre signed books, hand sanitation points, a queuing system, card payment facility and mandatory face covering for people who aren’t medically exempt.”

“This year we all need a little extra magic and this beautiful book provides just that!”

The book has already been critically acclaimed with Call the Midwife Actress Jenny Agutter saying: “E Nesbit and Lewis Carroll, with Narnia thrown in. A wonderful way to have children discover the relevance of history. We will ‘Believe in Magic’! Well done Christina.”

A poem by Christina depicting the story is being projected onto Blackburn Town Hall until the end of December.

Christina will be in The Mall’s former WHSmith store from 10.30am until 4.30pm and, as well as her Believe in the Magic of Blackburn Town Centre masterpiece, she will also be providing signed copies of her brilliant back catalogue including the Felicity Fly series, Save Us (addressing plastic pollution) Triangular Trev and the Shape idols and Train Journey Through Time.

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