Volunteer Spotlight: Cath Senker

Occasionally on our blog we like to shine a light on some of the amazing Story Mentors who give up their time to volunteer at our workshops. Today we’re featuring Cath Senker, who has been volunteering with us since 2015.

Cath Senker

Hi! Please introduce yourself.

I’m Cath Senker, and I’m a children’s non-fiction author, editor and teacher. I’m also a volunteer at the Migrant English Project and Exeter Street Hall.

Why did you want to become a story mentor with Little Green Pig?

I wanted to become a story mentor because I write books for children and I love stories. I like working with children, hearing their fantastic ideas and helping them to create a story they are proud of.

What has been your favourite moment so far?

I had lots of favourite moments at the BrightSTAR project at Moulsecoomb Primary School, a workshop where we went on space adventures and met a variety of weird and wonderful aliens. One child became so inspired that he decided that one day he would like to become an astronaut and started describing what life in space might be like in a most poetic way. I wish I’d written down his words!

Here at LGP we’re lucky to be working in a city that’s filled with so many creative people, projects and organisations. What do you like most about Brighton?

It’s such a multi-layered city. By being involved in different groups, projects and organisations, you can gain an understanding of the city from different perspectives. You can see Brighton and Hove through the eyes of a schoolchild, a refugee, an international student, a musician… the list is endless.

Do you have any book recommendations, either for adults or children?

There are so many lovely children’s illustrated books out there nowadays. I love this book about art by Susie Hodge: Why is art full of naked people? & other vital questions about art. And I am a big fan of Andrea Levy’s and Isabel Allende’s books.

And finally, what’s your favourite word?

This week, my favourite word is aspidistra.

Interested in volunteering with Little Green Pig? Find out more here!