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Inkpots summer masterclasses

We are thrilled to be offering summer masterclasses for young people lead by three experts in their areas.

Thursday 19 August at 3pm – Jess Bradley

Jess is an award-winning artist and creator who regularly contributes to the Phoenix comics – her SquidBits comic strip is a great favourite among our members. Earlier this year, Jess won the Blue Peter Award for Best Book with Facts with author Mike Barfield for A Day In The Life Of A Poo, A Gnu And You. Packed full of zany trivia about everything worth knowing – from pimples to porcupines – and with each element written in the form of a first-person diary and brilliantly presented in cartoon strips.

Jess will be running a workshop on creating and developing characters and is perfect for young artists and writers age 8 – 11 years. The cost of this one-hour workshop is £22.50.

Monday 23 August at 10.30am – Kate Mallinder

Kate’s books, Asking for a friend and Summer of no regrets have been called ‘feel good fiction’ for teenagers. Kate has an innate understanding of how friendships can work – or not – and her books are always uplifting. She has also written a number of short stories and plays and several of her pieces have been made into short films. In 2020, Kate passed an MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University with distinction.

Kate’s workshop will last for an hour and costs £22.50. This workshop will suit young writers age 11 – 15 years.

Our third masterclass will be on Tuesday 31 August at 10.30 and will be led by Louisa Reid.

Louisa has spent most of her life reading. And when she’s not doing that she’s writing stories, or imagining writing them at least. An English teacher, her favourite part of the job is sharing her love of reading and writing with her pupils. Her latest novels for young people have been in verse: Gloves Off  and Wrecked  and she’s fallen in love with the exhilarating and exciting challenges and opportunities that writing in this form brings. Louisa writes about things that she thinks are important to young people, and all people generally, really.

The workshop will last for one hour and costs £22.50.

We believe that this workshop will suit young writers age 12 – 15 years.

All the workshops are online and will be delivered via Zoom. We restrict the numbers for each session to ensure that each young person feels at home and not overwhelmed by the number of people on the screen. If you would like to book a place on any of the workshops please email Thank you!