Autumn performances 2024 › Bristol

Catherine Johnson performance

Join us at The Bristol Old Vic for a morning exploring historical fiction with author Catherine Johnson. Catherine loves black history and is particularly interested in writing about people who have been airbrushed out of the past. In this performance she will be talking about two of her books: Journey Back to Freedom, the extraordinary account of Olaudah Equiano, from his capture into slavery as a child, his years serving cruel masters at sea and his fight to become a free man; and Race to The Frozen North, the fascinating and compelling story of Matt Henson, who was the first man to reach the North Pole but has been completely forgotten because of the colour of his skin. With an extensive Q&A session, Catherine's inspiring talk will help encourage young people to be writers and readers themselves!

Every child attending this performance will receive a **FREE** copy of _Race to the Frozen North_ to take home and keep! cover

Every child attending this performance will receive a FREE copy of Race to the Frozen North to take home and keep!

Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
Wednesday 20th November
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 5 and 6

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a screen-writer and best-selling author, born in London in 1962. Her dad was from Jamaica, and her mum was Welsh. She has written many award-winning books for young readers, and is keen to tell the untold stories of characters who have been forgotten.

Praise for Race to the Frozen North

Catherine Johnson is the master of historical fiction for children; her prose is warm and wise and utterly gripping

Author, Katherine Rundell


Enjoy this playful creative writing activity with Catherine Johnson

Listen to Catherine read an excerpt from Race to the Frozen North

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Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

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We feel it is so beneficial for our children to have the opportunity to meet authors and to hear them talk about their work. The children themselves are so enthusiastic about reading after these events that we feel they are an invaluable contribution towards our children becoming both skilled readers and lovers of reading.

A teacher in Liverpool

The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

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Liz Neville

Your contact for this performance is Liz Neville, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07866 311486