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.
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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.