Join us for feline tales at Packwood this autumn

Packwood's resident cat, Freddie

This autumn come and meet published author and illustrator Melissa Mailer-Yates and hear all about her new book series here at Packwood. On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October Melissa will be joining us in the Garden Kitchen Café between 10am and 5pm to sign her new book, ‘The Tales of Shakespuss’.

This beautiful collection of bedtime stories is told by Shakespeare’s cat together with his colourful friends. William Shakespuss is a little white cat with a remarkable likeness to his master, William Shakespeare, and through ‘The Tales of Shakespuss’ this bright, loveable cat brings to life the colourful characters in Shakespeare’s most well-loved plays; especially for the young, or young at heart!

" From two years old and upwards the names of the many animal friends will become familiar, understood and friendly, and subsequently Shakespeare too will become a friend, the Tales becoming something to be cherished, enjoyed and understood for many years, engendering an appreciation of Shakespeare’s genius from the earliest of ages. "
- Melissa Mailer-Yates, author of 'The Tales of Shakespuss'

In the 400th year since his death, Shakespeare’s unique ability to tell stories is as gripping and entertaining as any film, book or soap opera, and is entirely relevant today. The purpose of the character, Shakespuss, is to entertain and enthuse the young, highlighting core stories which are central to Shakespeare’s writing, providing a friendly face to initiate a love of the English language.

So pop along and find out all about this lovable character and his friends.