Main business website: www.catweatherill.co.uk
Child-friendly author website: www.catweatherillauthor.com
Specialist infant literacy website: www.wonderandmagic.com
Cat is different! Not only is she a best-selling children’s novelist, she is also one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers. This is quite an achievement! Many people achieve one or the other, but only Cat has managed both. She plays for a living – with stories, images, dreams, hopes and ideas. She combines her love of language with a playful spirit and and makes Story Magic.
Cat studied Drama at Hull University, became an actress and a singer, moved into Theatre in Education then discovered storytelling in 1997. Since then she has entertained thousands of children in hundreds of schools, libraries, theatres and festivals.
Her first book Barkbelly was published by Puffin in 2005. This was followed by eight others and she is now published in twelve languages.
Cat loves to work abroad, finding and writing stories as she goes. Her trips with the British Council have taken her from Singapore to Kazakhstan, Moscow to Saudi. She can perform with simultaneous translation (not as easy as it sounds!) and her performance style is visually expressive and engaging, even to non-English speakers.
Home is a four hundred year old, black and white cottage near Stratford Upon Avon. She loves foraging in country lanes and making jam with what she finds - hence the jam factory in Barkbelly!
Cat’s School Visits
There will be a special kind of magic in the air when Cat visits. Children remember her for years after the event – she’s hugely entertaining. But more than that, she loves the company of children and really listens to them, valuing their ideas and help with the books she is writing. Her latest book, Famous Me, credits the Year 5 boy who gave her the title, and the cover was illustrated by a sixth former. This kind of shared creativity is generous, thrilling and inspiring.
One of the best things about Cat is that she can comfortably work across the ages, from nursery to adult, so no one needs to miss out when she visits. Smiles and laughter are guaranteed... and she is fuelled almost entirely on tea and biscuits.
'Cat is one of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive' Michael Morpurgo
'A magical performer' The Times
'It was megafun. AWESOME!' Owen, Deighton Primary School
'Thank you for making me more interested in books because I did not really like them. But now I like them a lot.' Charlie, The Mosley School
'Last year you visited our school. Since then you inspired me to read. Now my mum has to tell me to STOP reading and go to sleep. But when she leaves the room I carry on reading.' Amelia, St Joseph's Primary School
'Thank you for your boundless energy and enthusiasm. You made our Writing Week exciting, fun and thought provoking' Kington Primary School
'The feedback forms were unanimous in their praise. Thank you!' The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
'I think Cat is the best storyteller in the world' Cameron, Machynlleth CP School
I have books to cover all ages, from Nursery - Key Stage 3, and can offer performances and creative writing workshops...
I usually do 4 x 50 minute sessions in a day eg
My Meet the Author/story sessions are highly interactive, especially with infants, including music, props, puppets and fairy lights! I am a high energy, physical performer and can work with large numbers.
The above schedule is just a guide. I also offer creative writing workshops for juniors (my Something Wonderful workshop is especially popular) so things can be combined eg:
I am happy to work with Nursery.
Let me know who you have, what you'd like, and together we will work out a programme :-)
Seniors: I often work with seniors. Teens need a certain type of story to hold their attention, and I have them! I can also work with large audiences - something that is frequently required in high schools.
More about me: This (*blush*) is my official blurb. I'm not really a diva! I'm very friendly and adaptable. But in case you want to know my credentials:
Cat is an international storyteller and a best-selling Puffin author. She is passionate about language and has a proven ability to inspire children and adults alike. Over twenty years, she has worked with thousands of children in hundreds of schools. She is enormously skilful and experienced - but surprisingly affordable. Enquiries are FREE so please ask!
Cat offers: Storytelling performances for all ages; story making workshops for juniors; creative writing workshops for juniors and seniors; motivational speaking for juniors on the theme of reading; creativity & ideas workshops; staff training sessions.
Areas willing to visit I work internationally! I have just done The British School Kathmandu, with trips to Qatar, Poland, China and India in my diary. I also spend a great deal of time travelling around the UK. I am based in the Midlands near Stratford On Avon, so day visits to many areas are readily available. Other areas are possible but I might need to add on a B & B.
Fees These vary according to the event, but school visits are generally £400 - £450 per day (inc travel in the West Midlands)
Public liability insurance £10,000,000 via British Actors Equity. Fully CRB checked.
Contacting me I generally respond to emails very quickly (unless I'm away on tour) so if you haven't heard from me within 2/3 days, your message has vanished into cyberspace and you need to send it again!
Cat has seven children's books, for ages 3 - 14.