Resources for Writers & Educators

If you're a writer honing your craft or an educator teaching Mansfield, you may find these resources useful. We recommend educators looking for resources and activities related to Katherine Mansfield's writing contact us as we have a variety of resources and activities suitable for different age groups, some of which we use with education groups visiting the house.

Teaching Resource for 'The Garden Party' by Katherine Mansfield

This resource has a variety of activities designed to support the teaching of Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘The Garden Party’. The activities have been designed with students from Year 10 and above in mind, but teachers can choose the activities that they believe will work best for the year level of their students and their own approach to teaching.

Reading of 'The Fly'

A reading by Peter Hambleton of the Katherine Mansfield classic, 'The Fly'. This version of the video includes an introduction to Mansfield's life and the story by Katherine Mansfield House & Garden Director Cherie Jacobson. This version of the video is the reading only.

The videos have automatically generated closed captions, but if you'd like to read a correct transcript of the introduction you can find it here. The text of the story can be found here.

British Library: An Introduction to Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories

This post on the British Library's website explores Katherine Mansfield's style and provides a close-reading of three of Mansfield's stories: 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel', 'At the Bay', and 'The Garden Party'.

University of Oxford's Ten-Minute Book Club: 'The Fly' by Katherine Mansfield

Every Friday the University of Oxford's Ten-Minute Book Club will post a free literary excerpt that you can read in just ten minutes. Each extract has been chosen by Oxford academics, and is paired with free resources and an introduction by an expert suggesting themes or contexts to think about as you read, by yourself or in discussion with family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else you’d like to connect with. Click here to access 'The Fly' by Katherine Mansfield.

Comma Press, Alison MacLeod Masterclass

Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and award-winning author, Alison MacLeod, gives a masterclass at the 2013 Manchester Literature Festival on classic short story writer Katherine Mansfield. Alison's 21-minute talk can be found here. Four writing prompts related to the talk can be found on Comma Press' Facebook page here or as a document here. Comma Press is a Manchester-based publishing house specialising in short stories and translated literature. Other masterclasses by contemporary writers on other literary pioneers such as Chekhov, D. H. Lawrence and Edgar Allen Poe can be found here.

Teaching resource for 'The Doll's House' by Katherine Mansfield

A resource from the United States which includes a 'before reading' activity, the story itself with illustrations and prompts alongside, and an 'after reading' activity. Click here to access the full 12-page resource.