What Cat Does in Schools


‘I think Cat is the best storyteller in the world’ Cameron, age 6

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A full school day usually consists of 3 or 4 x 50 minute story sessions, though Cat can be flexible about this. Ideally the sessions are with one class at a time but she can work with year groups or key stages. Cat doesn’t read from a book and never sits down for long! She is a physical performer who combines language, characterisation, gestures and musical instruments in a seemingly effortless but wonderfully captivating way.

Cat will help you plan a busy but successful day. It is possible to mix and match sessions ie performance sessions for both juniors and infants, or a combination of performances + workshops


Cat and dulcimer


Cat loves infants and will work with children from 3 years old. She combines age-appropriate stories with action rhymes, music, singing, physical objects, dance and games to create highly interactive sessions for little listeners. They are imaginative, engaging, memorable, educational and great fun! She sometimes works with puppets too. Her BEAR TALES show has proved enormously popular.

Cat has a general repertoire of infant and nursery stories but she also offers themed days: ONCE UPON A RHYME (famous fairy tales with Cat dressed as a fairytale princess!) SHINE! (stories on the theme of light – perfect for autumn term because it complements Divali, Hanukah and Christmas) BEAR TALES (wonderfully entertaining bear stories from around the world, fascinating facts about bears and gorgeous bear and teddy bear hand puppets) and WORLD TALES (glorious stories from around the world. Great for exploring cultural diversity).

Juniors – Performance

Cat tells WORLD TALES in her junior sessions, choosing age-appropriate stories that will engage and challenge her audience. Years 3 and 4 love magic and humour, for example, but older children often feel they have outgrown such fanciful fare, so Cat will give them problem-solving stories, lateral thinking and word play.

For juniors, Cat can also offer MEET THE AUTHOR book sessions. Author events can be quite dry, but Cat includes all her characteristic flourishes – a high energy performance style, music, fairy lights and plenty of audience interaction – to create lively, entertaining programmes that really bring her books to life. All sessions include Q & A and inspirational talk about writing and being an author. One performance can accommodate up to 150 juniors, so a real ‘book buzz’ is generated – especially at the book signing!

NEW! PROMOTING NON FICTION READING THROUGH WHACKY SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS! A wonderfully entertaining 50 – 60 minute session in which Cat conducts amazing science experiments using household items. Crucially she brings along the books the experiments come from, so children can see the benefit of reading and exploring non fiction.

Parents love this session too – especially dads! Launch your next literacy drive with a BANG! After school sessions are available.

‘Absolutely wonderbubble’
‘I can’t wait for the next visit – the wacky experiments were fantastic!’
‘I loved it all but the cola experiment was fizzingly good fun!’  Jamie
‘Hold your breathe because you never know what’s going to happen’
‘Is it a bird? Is it a ‘plane? No! It’s a flying teabag! How does she do it?’  Drew
‘I hope you can come again soon as I really enjoyed it. I love your books and the story telling too. I liked the pirate one best. I liked the experiments too – they were great for kids.’

‘The children thought your visit was fantastic and they have been further motivated to read. Meeting you has given the children that extra dimension to their reading. The whacky science was trully inspirational! Good books have just got better!’


Juniors – Workshops

SPARKY IDEAS WORKSHOPS  A collection of story games to get brains fizzing and generate ideas of creative writing.

BOOK DESIGN WORKSHOP – A fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ look at the evolution of a book cover suitable for Years 5 and 6. Working in small groups, the children assess various Barkbelly cover designs, learn about marketing and the book business, and design a cover of their own.



With teens, Cat favours the ‘big’ themes of life and death, love and loyalty. She often looks at relationships – between lovers, friends or family members. Through her intimate, emotionally-charged stories, Cat shows that life is frequently confusing and love is rarely straightforward. But for all the brutality of our times, life can be beautiful too.

POETRY WORKSHOPS. Cat explores her belief that poetry should be an expression of emotion. Through guided imagery, students will identify the emotion they are feeling then express it through writing verse.


Fees & Availability

Cat offers great value for money, based on twenty years professional experience as a performer, writer and artist in education. She is based near Stratford Upon Avon in the West Midlands, so a HUGE part of the country is readily accessible for day visits.  Cat is happy to travel further (she frequently works in Sussex, for example) though travel and/or an accommodation fee  might be added. 

Half day visits are possible in local areas.

5 thoughts on “What Cat Does in Schools

  • February 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.

    Hi Cat

    Thank you for getting back to me . We would love to have you on Tuesday 16th June if you are free – to work with our Year 8 students . I’m not sure if my emails have reached you so am trying through your website once more .

    Very best wishes


  • April 29, 2015 at 10:44 am

    HI,Im looking to book a day’s worth of story telling sessions for years 4 to 6 and wondered what sort of price we would be looking to pay? We are in Tipton.
    Many thanks
    Sonia Zanzola

  • December 18, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hello Cat,
    I am the English Leader at Cotteridge JI school, a 2 form entry school in south west Birmingham. We are busy inspiring our children to read for pleasure and having looked at your website, I feel you would be a perfect author visitor for us as we are a Talk for Writing School. Would you please let me know if you have any availability for the Spring term. (Monday 4th January – Thursday 25th March with a week’s break from 15th – 19th February. We would be interested in talks and workshops for EYFS and KS1 children. Would you also give me an idea of the fees you charge?
    Many thanks,
    Look forward to hearing from you

  • January 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Cat,

    I am the Literacy leader for St Thomas Primary school In the centre of Birmingham and I am looking for a performance writer who can come in on World Book day to work through-out our school for the day. Performing some of their writing to nursery all the way up to year 6 in seperate sessions. This will be worked around sessions provided by teachers which focus on reading for pleasure especially poetry.

    Please could you get back to us about your availability for World Book day and also an idea of prices for around 4 sessions in a range of ages.

    I look forward to hearing from you
    Mr Luke Moss

  • February 14, 2016 at 11:20 pm


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