Category: Events

5th March 2024 – Clarmont Fan Court School

I was delighted to be invited to do a full-day of author workshops with The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden at Claremont Fan Court School on 5th March 2024.

February was a busy month of Pigeon preparation which included designing on Canva using animations of the illustrations and creating wonderful workshops for pre-prep pupils on the subject of environmental awareness and how important it is to have self-belief and inner kindness to oneself. The children created their very own main character for a story and learned why it is so important to become an Earth Hero.

My day started with an assembly for nursery and reception children. The pupils loved having a go at being a
‘Rumble, gurgle, gurgle’, and a busking opera singing: ‘Tra la la la laaaaaa’ and other amusing sounds that captivated and provoked thoughts of empathy and kindness towards fellow wildlife of our precious earth!

The 2nd assembly was the same and the children were all brilliant and enthusiastic which is exactly what this storytelling needs as it is one big emotional rollercoaster as we journey across London seeing life through the eyes of a young pigeon. I dressed up as Pigeon and acted and narrated the story flying across the room while the children had the important job of narrating and acting out the sounds! We flowed in perfect harmony, loving every minute of it!

After a well-deserved lasagne and salad lunch, dressed as a pigeon eating in the staff room, (a surreal moment indeed) I was ready for some new workshops I had created for Reception to Year 2.

In the afternoon I inspired the children to become Pigeon’s Earth Heroes with an engaging animated PowerPoint presentation. This included ‘How to create a unique main character for a story, to inspire others.’

Have a look at the picture below!

 

 

 

The Nature & Climate Festival 2023

I am very excited to have an event at https://residents-association.com/natureclimate

I am on a mission to engage children everywhere to apply their creative imagination towards the environment. I want to inspire children to see how their immediate actions can impact the planet for better or worse. After all our children are the makers of tomorrow and I would like to excite them to become eco-warriors in their own little ways!

It is an inspirational story about pursuing one’s passion and fulfilling one’s dreams; together with the important message of the impact of human littering on our local wildlife and environment.

Come and join me for my event, it is free!

10th September 2023 at midday in Dittons Library, Mercer Cl, Thames Ditton KT7 0BS

The children will become the actors and narrators of https://www.amazon.com/Tap-Dancing-Pigeon-Covent-Garden/dp/1912892197 and create their very own flying pigeon out of recyclable household rubbish.

I hope you can make it! See you there!

Serena & Pigeon 🐦👌😏

PS: Click on the link if it doesn’t appear!

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15th July 2023 – Esher Library – Author Event

To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, The Tap-dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden and I were invited to Esher Library for our interactive storytelling, eco craft, and ventriloquism event!

What a wonderful event and I sold some books too! Such lovely enthusiastic children and smiley adults, just what an author needs to feel love!

Here is a photo of my event 👇

Barnes Literary Festival 2021

My most recent news is that Barnes Literary Festival has offered me a spot to do a 45-minute event. I will be presenting my interactive storytelling! If you know some mini people who love acting, singing and generally bouncing around but mostly on the spot then this event is for you! We will be starting at 12 (midday)!

Please do join me and you will receive a signed copy of my children’s book afterwards if you would like to purchase one, they are £6.99p.

Pigeon is really looking forward to meeting everybody!

 

 

Interviewed on Vince Stephenson’s live YouTube Podcast – Boomers On Books

On the 5th April 2021, I was invited to be interviewed on Boomers On Books live YouTube podcast.

If you would like to watch it, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/jTiSl4IUwPU

Co-host of Boomers On Books, Vince Stephenson (author of the invaluable book ‘The Fear Doctor’) is such a nice chap. He really helps with making one feel calm, relaxed and he asked some really interesting questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this new experience.

I was lucky enough to have my two author friends that I met on Twitter supporting my podcast, namely Joanna Paulson and George Yushasv. Each is a talented, award-winning and best-selling author. They are hugely inspirational and I wholeheartedly recommend seeking out their Twitter profiles.

As you know, I love designing posters to compliment my literary experience and The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden; so discover another below!

 

 

 

 

Book your virtual creative writing workshop today!

Ref: Virtual English Creative Writing Workshop includes competition and interactive storytelling with author Serena Hassan

If you would be interested in booking a virtual interactive creative writing workshop for Years 4 to 6 and/or an interactive storytelling events for Reception Class to Year 3. These have been highly successful and have been described as “inspiring, engaging and linking well to the National Curriculum,” (see review attached).

The workshop will be based on my award-winning book ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’ which raises environmental awareness and other important positive life messages.

Purpose: To inspire children through a discussion of the positive themes that underpin my book that include perseverance, self-belief and courage through a colourful visually animated PowerPoint presentation and creative writing competition.  I would also discuss my experience as an author, the creative process and publishing work in an imaginative way.

Format: The workshop comprises two sessions a minimum of 40 minutes each.  The workshop can be customised according to your school’s requirements and includes an activity pack.

Please email me at: serenahassan@icloud.com

Currently taking bookings for ‘Virtual English Creative Writing Workshops!

I am excited to announce that I have been delivering exciting and inspiring creative writing competitions

for 10 and 11-year-olds. I am about to receive 80 imaginative stories and 80 eco campaigns to read and decide who will be the three winners per category and not forgetting the finalists. I am very excited!

 

#Create-your-own-eco-pigeon

After my interactive storytelling with Esher Church School, I asked the children to create their very own ‘eco pigeons’, out of household rubbish. I was most impressed to be sent these amazing creations. I decided to create this hashtag #Create-your-own-eco-pigeon for all of the eco pigeons I receive.

Have a look below, they are adorable.

Esher Church School – Virtual interactive storytelling

I am delighted to share with you my first ‘virtual’ storytelling which I delivered to 60, 4-year-olds at Esher Church School on 10th March 2021 to celebrate World Books.

Here is a video of my experiences ⬇️

 

PIGEON’S COMPETITION

Dear readers,

The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden and I have designed a lovely competition for your little ones. Every age is welcome and we look forward to receiving your wonderful creations!

See below for details: