Posts tagged Writeaway

Put on Your Imagining Hats!

It’s cold outside so Karen’s been wrapped up indoors creating some artwork for the new Write Away ‘Just Imagine’ story centre.

The centre is based in the old Anglia Television building in Chelmsford, Essex and will house a specialist children’s bookshop, an event space and a storytelling theatre – the perfect place for anyone passionate about children’s books!

The illustration is part of an imaginative alphabet letter wall that’s on permanent display. Visitors can guess who illustrated each letter when the centre opens in the new year (contributers include Tony Ross and David Melling among others), but you can get a sneak preview as some of the letters are revealed in an alphabet advent on the ‘Just Imagine’ facebook page here.

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Tomatoes of Delight

We took part in the annual Writeaway conference last Friday. This years theme was celebrating ‘all that’s delightful‘ in children’s books. With a subject like that we could have been there for weeks, so it was a packed programme, with plenty of wise words from lots of fascinating speakers.

After talking Monster Tomatoes, Karen turned one of the guests (the lovely Sara Stanley), into a very speedy runner bean, here she is – thank you Sara!

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Student Teachers Can Sing!

We talked to a lecture hall full of student teachers in Birmingham the other week. Here we are looking surprised in front of some bookshelves at the event’s roving bookshop.

Writeaway Birmingham

It was a great trip organised by Nikki Gamble of Write Away to help introduce new teachers to the wonders and possibilities of picture books. Thanks to everyone for making us so welcome and for the pink and yellow cakes. Despite Jim’s dodgy ukulele playing, by the end of the day everyone had the ‘Grow, Grow, Grow Monster Tomato!’ song firmly lodged in their heads. Success!

You can find out more information about Write Away and Nikki’s amazing work here. There’s also a great teaching guide for the first 2 Stripy Horse books with outlines for movement and writing lessons here.

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