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Inkpots Heroes

Inkpots Heroes are creative professionals who help shape the Inkpots experience. They give feedback on the children’s work, show a massive interest in what we do and like our approach.

Asking someone to be a Hero is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all their support.

Inkpots Heroes are given a logo for their own website, an invitation to tea and cake if they are ever in our area and are very welcome to offer their suggestions and feedback on our workshops and members program.

Our inaugural Inkpots Heroes:


Our Inkpots Heroes are all really special – we know that they care   




inkpot hereosNick Sharratt

Nick has illustrated close to 250 books. They range from board books for babies to novels for young teenagers. He has worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kaye Umansky, Kes Gray and most notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson and he’s also written around 40 of his own books.

Nick is unfailing in his support of Inkpots – always showing an interest in our activities. He has inspired many of the Inkpots children with his drawing guides.




Sophy Henn

Sophy is an award-winning author and artist – who likes to pop in to an after school club from time-to-time!

Sophy has produced some wonderful books for small children such as Pom Pom Panda and Edie. She trained in fashion originally and her beautiful, soft and gentle illustrations all have a sense of style, which she says is really important to her.

inkpot hereosSophy is endlessly inspiring for the Inkpots children, encouraging them to keep notebooks and really push their creative boundaries.




inkpot hereosNeill Cameron and Comics Club Blog

Neill’s work, alongside that of fellow cartoonist, Hannah Sackett has inspired a whole group of children to form their own comic crew. Neill’s constant support has given them the confidence to produce their own comics and to really take their ideas to the next level. Comics Club Blog is all about ‘helping awesome kids make awesome comics’ but they couldn’t do that without awesome Neill!




Book Monster Ally

Children’s book blogger Alexis is a true friend to Inkpots. She is endlessly supportive and positive, especially of our work in supporting unsure young writers.

inkpot hereosAs well as writing her blog, Alexis is a library and information assistant in a busy city library. She also an all round lovely human being.

Alexis says: “I have been lucky enough to work as a Library assistant for over 10 years now, and love the varied, fun and book related work that I do. In this time I have witnessed myself how vitally important libraries are to families, not just in encouraging readers, but in providing a free, safe, supportive and non-judgemental space for families and individuals to seek refuge and socialise with other people.

It is also in this job I was constantly coming across the most fantastic children’s books, and desperately wanted to support our brilliant authors and illustrators by sharing them with a wider audience, as a result the Book Monsters Blog was born and, thanks to the support of brilliant organisations such as Inkpots, I haven’t looked back.

Illustration by @EmmaIllustrate




Maz Evans

Author Maz Evans’ book Who Let the Gods Out was an instant success with children and parents alike at Inkpots. The sequel, Simply the Quest, is equally good too!

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Maz’s marvellous sense of humour spills out from her books which has makes them wonderfully accessible. She is also hugely supportive of what we do at Inkpots, and especially the work we do with young carers.

Maz also runs Story Stew, a creative writing programme that visits primary schools and literary festivals.







M G Leonard

The fabulously talented M G Leonard ran a workshop for us in early summer 2017 and inspired all the children who came along. She is incredibly knowledgeable about beetles and really passed that on to our Inkpots members. But the effects of her visit lasted longer than just the afternoon, and have fed into our planning too.

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M G Leonard’s books Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen are very popular among our children – and quite rightly so. We can’t wait for the final book, The Battle of the Beetles.

Please visit M G Leonard’s website for more details.