The White Phoenix Author Visits

Catherine is currently offering virtual school visits to KS2 and KS3 pupils, based on her historical novel The White Phoenix. The visits consist of a reading from The White Phoenix, followed by a Question and Answer session which can include questions specifically about the book, broader questions about creative writing, as well as questions on London in the 1660s.

Virtual visits can be either live via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, or recorded. For recorded visits, please submit questions to Catherine in advance. The length of the session can vary from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on your requirements.

Please contact Catherine for more information via the website Contact page.

Feedback from Virtual School Visits​

For World Book Day 2021 Catherine recorded herself reading a section of the novel and answering questions that our students came up with. The students loved it! Many of them commented how inspirational they found the session and how it has encouraged them to engage more in both reading and writing. I could not recommend sessions like this more - the students found it incredibly beneficial.
Anthea Harper
Teacher of English, Camborne Science and International Academy
The White Phoenix - Catherine Randall

Great Fire Workshop

Catherine has been presenting Great Fire Workshops to Year 2s in local schools for several years. Dressed in seventeenth-century costume, Catherine assumes the role of Mistress Hopper, the owner of a bookshop by St Paul’s Cathedral which has just burnt down in the Great Fire. Mistress Hopper describes her escape from the fire as though it has only just taken place, and interacts with the children as though they are discussing the latest news from London together. A PowerPoint presentation showing maps and paintings of the Great Fire helps to bring it to life.

The children are then encouraged to write and draw postcards to send to friends in other cities, asking for help to rebuild London. The children are also given the opportunity to dress up in seventeenth-century style with bonnets, aprons and cloaks.

For more information, prices and bookings, please contact Catherine via the website Contact page.

Feedback From Schools

Whether it be an introduction to the topic, or a consolidation of learning, Catherine brought the Great Fire of London to life through her role as Mistress Hopper. The children were all thoroughly engaged in the activities which were pitched perfectly for the age group.
Sara Hunt
St Mary’s and St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Teddington
On Thursday 19th March, the children in Year 2 had a very special visitor – Mrs Hopper, a lady who was in the centre of the tragic Great Fire of London, time-travelled to the future to give us an insight as to what it was like during the event that shocked the citizens of London. Bringing maps, pictures and other sources of information, she told the children all about: where and how the fire started; how quickly the devastation of the fire spread; and how they tackled the flames for several days….Mrs Hopper gave them the opportunity to try on some of the outfits people from the time would have worn…A wonderful workshop experienced by all!
Miss Willcox
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton