Thursday, 24 September 2020

Sam McBratney

We were so sad to hear of the death of  Sam McBratney, author of the much loved book Guess How Much I Love You, the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare and their efforts to express their love for each other.  Published in 1994 this tale will surely have been a favourite of many of our current students.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Girl, Boy, Sea

One of our students read 'Girl, Boy, Sea' by Chris Vick.

He so enjoyed the book he sent feedback to the author Chris Vick, and what a lovely surprise to hear that the student received this touching reply:

First of all, my apologies for not responding sooner.  It really has been one of those weeks!

Secondly - and most importantly - thank you for taking the time to write.  I am so pleased that you loved Girl. Boy. Sea as much as you did. 

Reader's response is, in the end, the most important thing.  When you write a book you get some feedback from fellow writers, agents and publishers/editors.  But even this well qualified feedback doesn't really tell you how the book is going to play out when the readers get hold of it.  So to get such feedback, and to know that you have been swept along, experiencing Bill's and Aya's trials and adventures, just as I did when I wrote it.  Well, it means a lot, it really does. 

This reminds us how important our feedback, as readers, is to authors, and it really is worth getting in touch.

Thank you to our student for sharing this with us.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Wainwright Prize

 Another young writer to watch!

Dara McNulty, a sixteen year old author, has beaten many established writers to win the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing with his book with Diary of a Young Naturalist. He is the youngest EVER winner of a major literary prize!

Everyone wants to interview Dara, and that is no surprise to us.  Young people have so much writing talent to offer.

Dara is also the youngest ever writer to be longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

A My Twist on a Tale Competition

The My Twist on a Tale: Everyday Heroes competition is open!

This free writing competition is open to 4 - 19 year olds across the UK.  Entries, of up to 1000 words, must include the representation of your selected hero and the environment and/or experiences regarding that hero relating to you, the writer, in some way.  Click here for full details.

Entries must be submitted here by 17:00 pm Friday 27 November 2020.  Download your entry pack now!!

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

We are keeping our eye on this new young author.

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a 21 year old from South London who writes books featuring black characters saving the world.  She has secured a deal with Usborne Children's Books and her first novel, 'Ace of Spades', will be published in the UK in June 2021 with a second title to follow.  

Definitely an author to watch.   

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Back to school

If you are anxious about returning to school in September remember to talk to the people around you and share any worries you have. You can also get advice and help from these organisations.

Remember .... you are not alone! 💗

Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer.  He has written this fascinating, accessible and informative book called The Virus

This book is at the top of our must read list and will be on the shelves in our Libraries soon.
  It is always good to be informed.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

World Book Day Masterclasses

We are loving these World Book Day Masterclasses.  Loads to pick from, but at the moment our favourite is the amazing Malorie Blackman, author of lots of brilliant books including the Noughts and Crosses series, and the fantastic Patrice Lawrence author of the award winning Orangeboy.

It really is worth exploring the World Book Day website.  There is something there for everyone!