Cath Howe

Cath Howe

Children's author, Poet, Scriptwriter
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Adult


Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Stage/Screen

Book types

Educational, Fiction 8-13, Poetry


  • Ella on the Outside won the North Somerset Teachers' book award and was selected for Read For Empathy list and for ReadWell list by BookTrust, offered by all UK libraries.



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 offer workshops focusing on transition to secondary school and friendship. 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 mentoring 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. 

Interview with BBC Radio Scotland Morning show on 2nd May 2018 with regard to transition to Secondary school- how to support children, using "Ella on the Outside"

"Ella on the Outside" has been selected as a ReadForEmpathy book by Empathy Lab and for the ReadWell list to support children's mental health through UK libraries.

I have given talks about my work at Kingston University to writing students.

I am a Reading Zone Author on London Grid For Learning, creator of Space Adventures, a filmed curriculum resource for KS2 and 3, consisting of Vlogs from an astronaut as she travels to the Moon.

Books by Cath Howe

Middle-Grade fiction with honest, believable, real kids of today, educational and fiction, poetry and drama scripts

'Ella on the Outside!

'Ella on the Outside!

Middle-Grade novel about Friendship. Lies and Secrets published by Nosy Crow 
Not My Fault

Not My Fault

Maya and Rose won't talk to each other. Not since the accident. A week-long school journey by the sea turns into a life-threatening adventure. 
Let's Perform!

Let's Perform!

Drama Scripts and Poems to Perform- fun for schools and drama clubs with lots of creative suggestions for writing and performing. And photocopiable! Bloomsbury 
The Summer Explorers

The Summer Explorers

Two fun plays for reading aloud in KS2 
How to be Me

How to be Me

Lucas is all alone. Since his mum died, Lucas and his dad don't seem to understand each other at all. And Lucas is dreading the summer drama club Dad has signed him up for. The people at the club force him to open up. Can his new-found friends teach Lucas to be himself? Publishing 2020 
The Curse of the Highwayman

The Curse of the Highwayman

A creepy story about the spirit of the highwayman 
Curious Cases

Curious Cases

A play called An Extraordinary Event 
The Highwayman's Revenge

The Highwayman's Revenge

An eerie tale of attempts to destroy the highwayman's deadly gauntlet 
50 Funny Poems

50 Funny Poems

They Are Digging Up My School Today!