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Five at five: our favourite authors

Inkpots is five years old this month and, as a way of celebrating, we’re going to do five blogs sharing some of our favourite authors, books and resources. At Inkpots, there is a wide range of interests among our children and young people and it’s a real joy to link them with books which help fire up their enthusiasms. Meeting an author isn’t just good for a child’s writing – it also opens up whole new worlds, introducing experiences and ideas which could lead them into amazing adventures.

We have met some really lovely people in the past few years, including these authors who have inspired and enthralled us. (It’s also been incredibly difficult to restrict the number to five – so please forgive us going slightly off theme!)

M G Leonard ran a workshop for us early in 2017 – and introduced us to the fascinating world of beetles. She also gave our Inkpots plenty of ideas which ran on for weeks afterwards. Maya’s books have entranced many children in our groups, and we’re looking forward to the publication of ‘Battle of the Beetles’ this year.
• We met Maz Evans at a workshop she ran as part of the Brighton Festival 2017. We had fallen in love with ‘Who let the Gods out’ and it was so exciting to actually meet her. Maz’s show is as hilarious as her books – and Maz’s enthusiasm and sheer joy flowed over us all! We also can’t wait for the third book in Maz’s series – ‘Beyond the Odyssey’
• One of the publishing events of the year for us was ‘The Guggenheim Mystery’. This beautifully crafted book comes from the pen of Robin Stevens who also writes ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series. We really value Robin’s support of Inkpots and again, look forward to her new book in 2018, ‘A Spoonful of Murder’.
• The wonderful Sophy Henn said that she would just like to pop into Inkpots sometime for a chat with the children. And she did just that. For one Inkpots group, it was a memorable afternoon, particularly so for the older children. We love our ongoing friendship with Sophy and look forward to another pop-in visit!
• It was a particularly dark and dismal Saturday afternoon in November when Laura-Ellen Anderson came to see us – and lit up the day with her enthusiasm and talent. The children who came to that workshop were still talking about it at Christmas – thoroughly fired up and inspired. Again, we can’t wait to read the next instalment of the Amelia Fang series coming soon. Laura’s work appeals to so many children – especially those who like comics and drawing too.

(So many great books to look forward to in 2018!)

Honourable mentions should also go to Nick Sharratt, Perdita and Honor Cargill, Amy Wilson, Joanne Owen and Nikki Sheehan – thank you all too for your help and support of Inkpots.

You can read more about the importance of author visits and support in a blog post from last year: https://inkpots.org/6566-2/

Gill

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