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!
I was thrilled to receive this glowing reference. This was my first workshop and I had planned, prepared and practised every waking moment in the days running up to this. Hats off to teachers across the globe, they work so so hard to teach our children.
With children of my own I wanted to create a children’s story with an environmental message that showed how close to home environmental issues are, and that it’s our immediate actions that impact the planet for better or worse. It is these thoughts that led me to write The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden. It’s a story that I hope will inspire future generations but is also a story that is very close to my own experiences living and working in London. I believe that children’s fiction plays a key role in nurturing young minds and in return we create knowledgeable young eco-warriors that will be inspired to protect our planet’s wildlife and safeguard the future of our precious planet!
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.
I am very sad and disappointed to announce that all of the festivals that I have been selected for have been cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus. Also all of my events at schools and bookshops have been cancelled. All we can do at this time is our best and to come back fighting strong. Fingers crossed I will have these amazing opportunities again. We must all reflect on what is important and stay present in the moment. Stay at home, stay safe and healthy.
21st March 2020 – Sustainability story time collaboration – Claygate Arts Festival
12th April to 19th April.
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
7th April – Waterstones, Kings road book event.
Postponed – 19th April – Eco Festival
I am still waiting to hear if Barnes Literature Festival is cancelled.
I was invited to The Rowens for their Eco Arts Festival. The children made some delightful artworks out of plastic bottle lids.
I had the opportunity to go into all of the classes individually, they were all very sweet. One boy asked how old I was and I said 105 and he looked hugely alarmed. I then responded with “only kidding, how old do you think I am?” and he promptly responded “61?”, and that was that!
I thought the school was lovely and the pupils were polite and enthusiastic. It was a special experience to be part of such an important topic.
Pigeon and I jumped on a train and headed to Waterloo. This time I did not miss my stop. The train kept stopping for minutes (which felt like hours) at a time but luckily I thought that might happen, so I raced to get the 8am train.
Soho Primary is situated close to Piccadilly Circus. What a cool place to go to school. It was their World Book Day. The entire hall was packed with kneeling little people looking up at me. Another technical hitch, I had left my usb stick at Eaton Square. aaaah!
The children who greeted me were so grown up for 11 year olds I was amazed. So polite and helpful.
I think my favourite part of this interactive storytelling was when the children said the last two sounds in perfect unison. I won’t spoil it by telling you what those sounds were. You will have to book me to come to your school!
Today was different to every day so far in my life as an author. I woke up, had brekkie then smeared my face with blue paint, slipped and zipped up my onesie, put my hood up and waited for the paint to dry. After a few moments I was ready for the finishing touch, my yellow beak. Can you guess who I was? My youngest daughter jumped up and down with excitement and shouted ‘PIGEON!’
Pigeon was unsure though. So was I when I opened my front door and ran to my car. A pigeon driving a car did I hear you say? Noooo it cannot be! (chuckle).
The morning was full of laughs. I put 300% in to my performance. The children were all dressed up as different book characters and Pigeon and I were very impressed!
Here are some animation to show you how the day played out…