Saturday, 26 July 2014

Blow Your Own Trumpet!

...or trombone!
Last year Nick said.... 

"We do have the Celebrations column on Words & Pictures, but what about a celebrations forum for lesser achievements – finishing a book say, or even a particularly difficult chapter?" 

So here it is…


Friday, 25 July 2014

Featured Illustrator: Alex Wilson

 This month's Featured Illustrator is Alex Wilson, an up-and-coming young artist with experience of training on both sides of the Atlantic. Utilising a proficient graphic style, Alex is as much at ease with digital media as he is with traditional techniques. See his page on the Featured Illustrator Gallery for more examples of his work.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Network News South East: Volunteering and Storytelling with Quentin Blake and Friends

Lorraine Cooke
I’ve been a volunteer at my local National Trust property, Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire, since March 2013 and the art gallery there puts on a number of excellent and popular exhibitions each year. This summer – from 19 July to 14 September - there’s a fantastic opportunity to see the work of some of the best children’s contemporary illustrators, including Quentin Blake, Helen Oxenbury and John Burningham in a new exhibition.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Proofreading Tips: Dashes

Catriona Tippin

An occasional look at punctuation with Proofreading Tips:

Nearly there? Make a dash for it!

Punctuation started as an aid to reading aloud. Originally scribes introduced various marks into text to indicate opportunities to breath or pause or change cadence. With the introduction of printing these marks became formalised and include all the familiar punctuation marks we use today.

The Road Goes Ever On

An inspiration piece – with thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien for the title 

Horton Scar Lane by David Sykes
Some years ago, I volunteered to walk the Three Peaks for charity (24.5miles and three mountains in twelve hours). When the day came, we all set off with enthusiasm over the sheep-cropped turf of Ribblesdale. Lots of collective jollity got us through the first stretch over Pen-y-Ghent.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 22nd July

Following Sarah McIntyre's celeb-heavy contribution last week, a couple of other SCBWI bloggers are giving us their perspective on YALC (the first YA Literary Convention) in London.

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Debut Author Series: Jo Franklin

The Learning Curve - Insights from Debut Authors 

Nicky Schmidt

Photo by Liz Emerson
For many the road to publication is long and fraught. For others, a publishing deal comes relatively easily. Those who are still trudging the path may find it hard to imagine what it’s like to be a debut author, and authors with a few books to their name may only dimly recall the original experience.