Last week, I led a trip to Arvon’s Lumb Bank centre for 14 10-year-olds. A week away from games consoles, mobiles and TV – just us, a stack of good books, paper and pens (oh, and two fantastic authors – Gillian Cross and Steve Voake – who led the children on the first steps of their writing journeys). The video above is a taste of what we got up to and hopefully gets across some of the excitement the children felt as they grew together as a community of writers.

The result? A great time, yes, but also definite progress and achievement, masses more confidence and the ability to take their writing seriously. For some of the children I really believe it will prove to be a turning point and regardless of that, it’s an experience none of us will forget.

Currently reading: Ros Barbers’s The Marlowe Papers.

Currently listening to: Freely Moving