The Hairy Marys

 book cover
book cover

Be careful what you wish for!

Emmy Travis dreams of being a famous actress. A celebrity! But right now, her biggest challenge is landing a part in the school’s Christmas play.

When the teacher in charge says he will give male roles to boys only, the girls form a protest group – The Hairy Marys. And that is when it starts to happen…

Fame, friendship and daydreaming collide in a modern day fantasy.

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Big Happy Stories

This is a STORY CD featuring stories specially chosen to appeal to children up to the age of seven (though the whole family will enjoy it in the car on long journeys!)

The stories are:

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Why Trees Turn Red in the Autumn
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Penguin and the Star
  • Olga and the Big Brown Bear
  • The Rocket and the Candle

There is also some jaunty mandolin music from Sean Saye!

The CD costs £8 including p&p and can ONLY be bought direct from Cat, either at shows or via mail order. Please use the form on the CONTACT CAT tab if you would like to buy one.

PLEASE NOTE this is not a new CD! It is my original children’s CD with new packaging.



One shiny egg falls down, down, down through the midnight sky. A wooden egg, no larger than a goose egg, but much heavier. And inside the egg is Barkbelly…

Barkbelly is an outsider – a wooden boy – and when a terrible accident happens, everyone in the village blames him. Suddenly Barkbelly is on the run for his life.

Through the mountains and on he runs. A dark and dangerous journey to the other side of the world and back again. Barkbelly sleeps under the stars, rides on a circus wagon and sails on the deck of a pirate ship. He runs faster than he has ever run in his life. And along the way, he learns the truth about where he
comes from.

Once he knows where that place is, he has to go there. But will it be where he belongs?

BARKBELLY is a magical, fast-moving adventure story, packed with amazing machines, giant hedgehogs, salty pirates, a circus and a jam factory!

Reviews of Barkbelly

A startling fresh voice in children’s books. Cat Weatherill is one of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive. She brings all her consummate skill to the creation of her first magical book – Michael Morpurgo

The real star of this month’s fantasies is Cat Weatherill’s BARKBELLY. What makes the book special is not just the quality of the author’s imagination but her richly poetic style – Amanda Craig, The Times

Cat’s curious fable of a wooden boy cries to be read aloud – Helen Brown, The Daily Telegraph

Cat Weatherill’s BARKBELLY falls squarely in the glorious category… As in all the best stories, what he learns on the way about love, friendship and courage becomes the real point of the tale – Christina Hardyment, The Independent

I think it’s just wonderful. Cat has brought her vivid storyteller’s gifts straight on to the page — her Barkbelly is a lively, affecting wooden hero, as much a real boy as Pinocchio ever was. This is a magical and moving debut –
Erica Wagner, Literary Editor, The Times

This is magical and wonderfully exciting storytelling, which lifts effortlessly aloud off the page, fuelled by the musical rhythms of the language and the tidal rhythms of traditional stories – Books For Keeps

  • Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for best debut novel
  • Shortlisted for the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year
  • Published in America by Knopf Books
  • Reading age 8+

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Snowbone cover
Snowbone Book Cover

If you’ve read BARKBELLY, you’ll remember Snowbone… She’s the strange, pale wooden girl whom we last saw sitting on a beach in Ashenpeake, ‘lost to the wind and the waves.’

In SNOWBONE, the thrilling sequel to BARKBELLY, Snowbone becomes a fierce warrior, determined to fight for her people’s freedom. With Figgis, Blackeye and her gang of tiddlins marching beside her, Snowbone hunts for the slave traders. But the slavers won’t give in without a fight… Will Snowbone live to tell the tale? Read more

Jaco The Leek

Jaco The Leek cover
Jaco The Leek cover

Jaco Evans is tired of dressing up for the St David’s Day celebrations in school. One year he wishes he could actually BE a leek for the day – and it happens!

How will Jaco get his pants on when he’s got no legs? Why does his teacher throw him out of the classroom? Will he get to play against Wood Green Juniors in the annual St David’s Day football match? Read more