I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last two months interviewing creative entrepreneurs as part of a project for University of the Arts London. And despite the fact the people I interviewed spanned industries as disparate as product design, puppet-making, acting, fine art and architectural psychology, clear themes emerged that were common to almost all when I looked […]
1. Involve parents, staff and children right from the start
There will be teachers (especially ones who may have been in the school for some considerable time) who say “there’s no point in giving these children books this beautiful, they’ll just ruin them/ lose them/ steal them/ damage them/ deface them”, those who say some children […]
Writer and writing process guru Bec Evans encouraged me to contribute to a blog tour in which writers share their process. I agreed, in part to help me understand my own process better, and in part as I decided a few months ago to knuckle down and write a novel.
What I’m working on
I am midway through drafting […]
What is it all great writers have in common? The thing that makes them stand out from the crowd, that gives their words potency and grabs our attention as readers?
The ability to construct a compelling narrative? The knack of putting the right words in the right order? The ability to craft a beautiful sentence or paragraph? […]
Of the secondary schools I’ve visited over the past few months, many have been talking about the (re)introduction of regular DEAR (drop everything and read) sessions with their students as part of developing their approaches to encouraging reading for pleasure. It’s certainly nothing new (it’s gone under a range of different acronyms over the years […]
I remember being coerced into writing countless book reviews when I was in primary school; having to fill out the date, title, author, publisher, date published, a synopsis, my thoughts (and even worse, feelings) on the story, and some words I thought best described the book.
And I hated doing it (I loved reading, but hated […]
Because collective action works – from within a school, it’s difficult to get a picture of what’s going on across the country on World Book Day, but even within the school walls, the message sent out by teachers, TAs, children and admin staff coming together to say books are important, is a hugely powerful one. […]