Friday, 29 August 2014

ProCATsination, by Jion Sheibani

A new regular comic strip for Words & Pictures? Why yes, and it starts today! Earlier this year Jion Sheibani was our Featured Illustrator. Now her deft hand has turned to ProCATsination!


Jion's Illustrator Showcase Gallery is here, She can be reached at
Click here for her personal website.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Author Masterclass: Successful primary school visits with Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke has been an archaeologist, a teacher, and a library assistant, but is now a full time children’s writer with over seventy published books and hundreds of poems in children's anthologies. Her picture books include the award-winning Gilbert the Great series, Stuck in the Mud, and Knight Time. She writes for reading schemes and ghost writes for several series for the Key Stage 2 age group with Working Partners, Random House and OUP. 

Jane does around 30 author visits to nursery and primary schools a year and counts them as an important part of her income as a writer.

Alison Smith caught up with Jane in advance of her upcoming London Masterclass Workshop on Successful Primary School Visits on 13 September 2014 to find out more.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 26th August

I'd like to start this week's column with a special message for the Space on the Bookshelf team. Stop writing so many interesting posts! It'll be your fault if no-one gets any further than paragraph two on this week's Blog Break.

Monday, 25 August 2014

“There’s a Story in That” by Mo O’Hara

“There’s a story in that!” How often have you said that phrase? Maybe you were looking at an image, overhearing a bit of conversation (We all do it, it’s ok, we’re writers) or maybe you just spotted something lying on the ground. Whatever it was, your writer brain kicked in and you thought, “There’s a story in that!”

Sunday, 24 August 2014

More Unmissableness

I'm at the foot-stomping cider-swigging Internet-lacking Purbeck Folk Festival this weekend, so before I drive off to a windy hillside, plant my festival flagpole and pull on my wellies, here's some more unmissableness....

Saturday, 23 August 2014

SCBWI Reception Rocks Edinburgh International Book Festival!

This week it's HUGE Congratulations to..... 
SCBWI British Isles! 
Specifically to Natascha and South East Scotland, in the shape of Sheila Averbuch and Louise Kelly, for engineering a great big Sparkly SCBWI arrival at Edinburgh International Book Festival. Sheila has written a spectacular report, here it is....