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Inkpots’ best bits of 2018

When Nick Sharratt came to visit
On one of the hottest days of the year, one of the loveliest people came to visit Inkpots. Nick Sharratt is hugely popular at Inkpots, particularly for his illustration of Jacqueline Wilson’s books. One of our members, Rebecca, is a particularly big fan and has been inspired by Nick’s work for many years, developing her own illustrations following his style. She invited him to her after school club before she moved from her primary school to secondary education, and Nick accepted
Despite a very busy schedule, Nick honoured his promise and gave a superb masterclass to a group of Inkpots children in July, inspiring them to come up with lots of different story ideas. Thanks Nick!

Our best books of 2018
2018 started off in a really inspiring way too when some of us got to meet the wonderful Abbie Elphinstone at a local book signing session. Her latest book Sky Song is one of the best books that we read in the whole year – one of those that stays with you for many months. Another Inkpots favourite is Amy Wilson and her books are always cause for celebration; Snow Globe was no exception. Beautiful, lyrical and with a fine female main character, Snow Globe is an absolute delight.
The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre brought so much pleasure to a number of our Inkpots too – funny, accessible and just the kind of book to inspire children to create their own books. Our final shout out goes to the most beautiful picture book, Feelings by Libby Walden and Richard Jones.

Inkpots walking workshops
We got out and about with our holiday workshops this year. We are based just outside Brighton in the south of England, which offers up many fabulously creative sights and sounds. Our ‘walking workshops’ make the most of these, encouraging the young people to use all their senses to inspire some story writing, and enhance their creativity. The events we’ve organised so far have been really popular, so we’ll be doing more of the same in 2019.

Our intern summer
We were lucky enough to get the chance to work with two interns in the long hot summer of 2018. Dasha came to us via the Erasmus student programme from Berlin. She brought with her a fabulously creative flair, straight talking and a huge amount of fun! The Inkpots children loved being with Dasha and she made some great videos of some of them for us to share on social media. Our second intern was Chichester-born Lucy who had just finished her second year as an English student at the University of Sussex. Lucy writes beautifully and pays an enormous amount of attention to detail. Her contribution to our work came through her ability to write blogs for our website with the minimum amount of supervision.Both Dasha and Lucy made it a very creative summer and it was a real privilege to work alongside such creative young people.

Our work at the Burgess Hill Academy
We are very excited to be working at the Burgess Hill Academy and particularly to be involved in the development of a writing area for the students.
The final Inkpots event of 2018 was the academy’s Christmas Sounds concert where it was an absolute pleasure to see so many students who are current Inkpots members or have attended after school clubs and workshops in the past.
Such a fabulous evening to round off another fabulous year! As ever, the children and young people who come to Inkpots create a warm, welcoming community where creativity continues to flourish every week.

Gill
(If you would like information about our forthcoming events please email gill@inkpots.org)

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