Type of Artist:
Cat is a best-selling Puffin author and one of the UK’s best-loved storytellers. In a sparkling twenty year career, she has delighted thousands of children in hundreds of schools and festivals. She combines a passion for language with a playful spirit to make enduring story magic. Her latest book DREAM ADVENTURES features Cat’s true-life travel adventures (inside pyramids, sleeping in the Amazon rainforest etc) to encourage children to dream bigger futures for themselves and escape present life limitations through reading.
No one needs to miss out when Cat visits! She is hugely experienced and can work across the ages and with large numbers.
Three facts about Cat:
Her boundless energy is fuelled almost entirely by tea and biscuits.
She especially loves working with infants.
She adores international work, and has performed everywhere from Kazakhstan to Saudi Arabia.
Early Years: Highly interactive story sessions including action rhymes, music, dance and toys.
KS1: Superb story sessions with author elements. Specialist ‘Wonder & Magic’ infant literacy/creativity workshops on the theme of ‘light'. 'Story Mountain' writing workshop (supports Talk4Writing)
KS2: Meet the Author and/or story sessions. Many workshops, including ‘Something Wonderful’ - n ideas workshop on the theme of The Quest; ‘Speed Storytelling and Story Mapping’ – have the whole class storytelling in just one hour; 'Three Black Tee Shirts' – a truly effective Year 5/6 creative writing/ideas workshop which teaches children how to raise their writing level, 'Imagined Worlds" - how to spin a story from a setting.
KS3: Meet the Author and/or story sessions up to Year 8. Workshops include Cinematic Writing, Abstract Writing and how to begin a story ('Jump Right In')
SEND schools: Cat has worked with special needs, including National Autistic Society schools, and offers a free Zoom to discuss possibilities. Please ask!
Staff training: CPD sessions on Storytelling for Early Years/KS1, Storytelling with Juniors Wet Playtime storytelling training for TAs and lunchtime supervisors
Conferences: keynote speeches and/or specialist workshops.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Ages 3 – 14.
No of sessions per day:
50/60 minutes for Meet the Author or storytelling sessions
(30 minutes for Nursery)
Workshops 1 – 2 hours.
Extra time for book signing afterwards.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Nationally and internationally.
Accommodation may be required in some parts of the UK. Flights, accommodation and visa fees (where necessary) will be required for international bookings. Cat lives in Warwickshire
Transport: included in the fee for bookings within a 30 miles radius of B49 (Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire) A travel contribution may be required beyond this.
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Cat Weatherill's website for adults
Cat Weatherill's website for children
Jaco the Leek
By Lantern Light
'Cat Weatherill has barely left the school building, but WOW! AMAZING! We’ve had a fantastic day with Cat. She inspired our KS3 students to produce some magical writing and talked to our older students about the writing and publishing process. Cat gave me exactly what I’d asked for and more and we’ve really enjoyed our time with her. If any other school is dithering over who to book- BOOK CAT!'
Simon Lawley, Church Lawton School
'Cat is one of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive’ Michael Morpurgo
'Thank you for your boundless energy and enthusiasm. You made our Writing Week exciting, fun and thought provoking'
Kington Primary School'
'I think Cat is the best storyteller in the world'
Cameron, Machynlleth CP School
‘Cat has left the children mesmerised by her storytelling. She brings humour and knowledge to everything she does. Brilliant! Fantastic! I really can’t enthuse over her enough.’
Carole Billingham, Swansea Library
‘Cat has a wonderful ability to engage with children of all ages. She can be playing the Pied Piper and leading a pack of 3 year old ‘rats’ in one session before going onto thrill a group of teenagers with her ghost stories in the next. We would thoroughly recommend Cat and can’t wait for her to make a return visit to us!
Hilary Youldon & Anne Houghton - Librarians, The King’s School, Gloucester
'The feedback forms were unanimous in their praise. Thank you!'
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Cat Weatherill's Amazon page