Cook up your own fairy tale: free online CPD with the British Library

, 16:00 - 17:00 FREE
There are four characters in a line. There is a witch with a pointy hat holding and waving a walking stick in the air with her right hand. In front of her are standing three lizards. The tallest at the front and the smallest at the back. They all look like shadows, all filled with black ink, therefore we can only distinguish their outlines. The background is beige and uniform.
Book now

Discover fresh perspectives on global tales - old and modern - and empower children at your school to create their own fairy stories.

  • Join award-winning authors Jamila Gavin and Jen Campbell as they explore the history of fairy tales and share their approaches to retelling.
  • Hear ideas for giving traditional fairy tales new life by remixing much-loved recipes and adding a touch of magic.
  • Find out how to take part in our exciting spring challenge. We're inviting primary school children to cook up their own fairy tale.
  • Enjoy a practical workshop full of innovative ideas to inspire your class to retell old tales and generate new ones.
  • Take a tour of the free resources on the British Library's Discovering Children's Books website. Access brand new videos with top tips from Michael Rosen and hear vibrant retellings of classic tales from Cinderella to Anancy.

Register now to reserve your free place

  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The session will be run on Zoom, so you'll need internet access.
  • Before the event, we'll send you a link and further details of how to join in.
  • If you have any questions, email

Jamila Gavin's Blackberry Blue is an enchanting collection of original stories, inspired by European fairy tale traditions but with heroes from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Jen Campbell's gruesome collection, The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers, features creepy tales from around the globe with modern additions, including positive representation of disability and disfigurement.

Image credit: Detail from Cinderella. Retold by C S Evans and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1919.



Age group: Primary
When: , 16:00 - 17:00
Key skills: Creative writing
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Online
Book now