Join us on Saturday April 9 11AM-12:30PM for an interactive storytelling workshop with children’s book author and drama facilitator Demetra Socratous, author of MARY AND THE WHITE PEA. Demetra will be reading from her book and leading children through Mary’s quest to come to terms with the difficult topic of brain cancer. The workshop will be given in Greek. Entrance is free, but parents need to book a place for their children.
Mary’s story is told through symbolism, metaphors, fantasy, sensitivity, positivity and humor, without any references to cancer or any other medical terms. The 64-page color book is illustrated by Dr. Stella Karageorgi.
MARY AND THE WHITE PEA encourages children and young people facing cancer or similar diseases to deal with this experience powerfully and positively. It supports open communication about cancer between adults and children, while empowering society to embrace young and old cancer patients by offering them proper treatment, hope and love.
The book will be for sale at the event. Copies of the book have also been offered to non-profit organizations supporting children and adults cancer patients.
Demetra Socratous is a drama facilitator, primary school teacher, youth leader and active volunteer in various socio-cultural organizations and groups. She facilitates drama and non-formal education workshops for children and adults on intercultural and peace education, human rights, and emotional literacy. An enthusiastic volunteer, Demetra organizes performances, street theater events and artistic festivals. She also directs children’s performances, is an active storyteller and coordinates and facilitates bi-communal projects and workshops. She has been writing children’s stories and poetry since 2001. She was awarded the 1st prize in the 17th Cypriot Music Competition (CyBC, “Eplanepses me Mana mou”, lyrics, 2008). Mary and the White Pea is her first children’s book.