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The Phoenix of Persia

Saturday 6th February 2021, 2pm - 3pm

Live performance on zoom, for families with Southwark Libraries

Join this fun, interactive performance about the magical phoenix and baby Prince Zal who is brought up in a bird’s nest! The story is about acceptance and forgiveness, and discovering that each one of us is unique. Learn how stories from ancient Persia have been told and illustrated for more than 1000 years! Sally Pomme Clayton will also show you some images from Southwark Heritage's Cuming Online Collection to explore elements of the story. And be inspired to create your own pictures and stories. After the performance Southwark Libraries would love you to draw a picture or write a story inspired by the performance. Send it to: and they will display your picture or story in their online 'Ancient Story Adventure Gallery'. Suitable for children aged 6 upwards. Tickets are free but booking is essential – follow this link to book tickets:


The Phoenix of Persia has free online resources that go with the book. If you are home schooling, use them to explore: ancient history; literature; drama; geography; music.

The book has a QR code inside with which you can download a free 30 minute track of Sally Pomme Clayton telling the story accompanied by specially composed music played on Iranian instruments.



The Phoenix of Persia and Other Stories,

Cheam Park

Storytelling by Sally Pomme Clayton

Sat 31st July 2021, 2.30-3.15pm.

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