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!
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.
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…
Pigeon and I were so excited to be invited to Claygate Primary School!
We are arrived early and waited to be taken into to the assembly hall. At 10am the children spilled into the hall. There were 180 little excited faces staring up at us. Behind us was a presentation of ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’. As expected a huge adrenaline rush of excitement and nerves flowed through me. Once I had greeted the children and started storytelling, an immense feeling of happiness took over. I was in my element as I told the children about Pigeon leaving home for the first time.
Wednesday 13th November, Pigeon and I were invited to Esher Church School. We were greeted by a crowd of 180 smiley and curious faced children, at their Year 1, 2 and 3 assembly. For the first time ever my nerves were silent. i do believe that practice is really important. Prepare with perfect pigeon precision before any pigeon performance! Afterwards the children asked some questions like:
How did you come up with the idea?
Why Covent Garden?
I felt really good afterwards. I feel like I can do anything now. I will continue to strive to spread the word about how important it is for children to understand the following messages:
Pigeon and I had a book reading event at Dittons Libary in Thames Ditton, Surrey. We had a great turnout with children aged between 2 to 10 years old. I was very happy as the older children seemed fascinated by the story of The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden. I do believe there is no age restriction with regards my first book. It has a wonderful underlying message that children are taking in without even realising it, which I now know that children of an older age are very much interested in and do appreciate. Please do bring your older children along to one of my future events.
So emotional to see so many people fighting for their future across the globe. I am feeling proud to be part of this historical event! The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden is particularly proud to support ‘Plasticspledge’ by Delphi which advocates the end of single use plastic.