Christina was commissioned by a consortium of businesses (Blackburn BID) and Blackburn with Darwen Council to help bring magic back into the town centre. The story begins with Heidi, a foster mum, who takes her children Peggy and Imtiaz, both aged ten, to Blackburn Museum. Whilst Heidi sits reading, Peggy and Imtiaz explore the museum and find a secret passage in the Egyptian room. The appearance of a gold coin rolling down the passage captures Peggy’s attention. They try to catch the coin, but it keeps on rolling, taking them back in time and outside into the town centre of the 1800s. As they pay visits to King Georges Hall, The Fire Station Tower, Blackburn College, The Blackburn Library, Blakey Moor, Blackburn Cathedral, the Market and The Mall, they realise that their journey back in time is about bringing magic to the future.
Christina Gabbitas is a children’s author and founder of Children’s Literature Festivals charity, who spends a lot of her time within schools inspiring children to read and write through her books and national poetry initiative. Winner of a Sue Ryder Education award in 2016, TPBP Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award in 2017 and TPBP Best Achievement Award in 2019 for ‘Share Some Secrets’ a story that encourages children to speak out, and is also helping the charity to raise funds with book sales. Christina is an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council. Her story No More Knives is helping to educate children and young people on the topic of county lines, grooming and knife crime.
Actress, Jenny Agutter “The story is terrific, 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. “