Cath Howe


Children's author, Poet, Scriptwriter

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
Commission


Website: http://www.cathhowe.com

Contact: You are welcome to contact me through my website.

Awards:
Using my plays, monologues and duologues, children have won a range of awards and prizes and I have entered creative writers in public competitions, resulting in publication of poetry and stories in national anthologies.

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)


Details

I'm a fully-qualified teacher as well as an author. I can offer schools inspiring sessions to develop the children's writing. I use lots of drama and role play in my lively interactive workshops. I design festivals to encourage speaking confidence and use my own drama scripts and stories to help children explore character and motivation. 

"It makes us feel great. It gives me a buzz because she's an actual professional. It's very inspirational because she's a real author. You get ideas from her writing, how you could extend it and make it more your own. I feel more confident in writing now." Usman, age 9.

My initial expertise was in drama teaching and this is a vital tool when I visit schools. 

"Cath is an inspiring and motivating teacher. From the outset, she had the children engaged in their learning; they loved the opportunity to do role play, and drama was central to the session, creating many opportunities for teamwork, discussion and imaginative play. We can't wait to see what the children produce in their monologues and duologues." Janette S, Year 6 teacher St John's School, Teddington.

"Cath's highwayman theme inspired my year 4 class to think about books and words. They were enthralled by the idea of such wild brave scary men. Her use of interesting props brought her story alive, especially the creaky old leather gauntlet and intriguing metal casket. Through skillful questioning, Cath encouraged the children to develop their own ideas. This was a lovely enrichment session." Linn W, Year 4 teacher.

I am very flexible and happy to adapt to a variety of school requests. Over the past few years my work in schools has included: Book Week visits, Gifted and talented writers' groups, pupil premium enrichment projects, speaking and listening workshops, festival scripts for individual and group performance, playscript-writing, Year 5 and 6 productions, assemblies and performance poems for major school events.

I'd be happy to create projects and visits around your particular requirements.

"I have seen a good deal of Cath Howe's work at festivals. Cath's scripts for children are always entertaining and engaging. The carefully crafted balance between humour and heart-felt emotion make them both accessible and dramatically inspiring to young actors." David Lawson Lean: Drama Practitioner and Festival Adjudicator. 

Books
Books for use with primary-age children, both fiction, poetry and drama scripts
'Over to You!' (isbn:9781909362093)
Poems and Scripts with Performance Tips for KS2 children published by Kingston University Press
The Curse of the Highwayman (isbn:978-0-435-07570-5)
A creepy story about the spirit of the highwayman
The Highwayman's Revenge (isbn:978-0-435-07575-0)
An eerie tale of attempts to destroy the highwayman's deadly gauntlet
The Summer Explorers (isbn:978-0-435-14416-6)
Two fun plays for reading aloud in KS2
Curious Cases (isbn:978-0-435-14418-0)
A play called An Extraordinary Event
50 Funny Poems (isbn:978-1-900410-52-6)
They Are Digging Up My School Today!
Organisations:
Writer in Residence at Kingston University
Member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Member of National Association of Writers in Education
Member of The Society of Authors
Full CRB Certificate

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Poetry, Stage and Screen

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

Keywords:
plotting, drama scripts, World Book Day, Stories, writing workshops, imaginative, creepy, Highwayman, literacy, funny, poetry, characters, monologues, duologues, inspirational, entertaining