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.
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 fantastic book event at Toddlestop. This time on a Thursday. There were more children than the last event. So that was a good experience. We created pigeon puppets with googley eyes and feathers and sold quite a few books! Signing books is a great honour!
Exciting news! On Wednesday 2nd October 2019, I will be reading The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden at a friendly toddler group called Toddlestop at Esher Baptist Church (6 Park Road, Esher, KT10 8NP). Come for a play and enjoy hearing about Pigeon’s adventure to London where he discovers Covent Garden. There will be snacks and a fun craft afterwards!