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Writing traditional tales into new stories

Here author Maudie Smith tells us how fairy tales inspired the plot and characters in her new book, The Cake, the Wolf and the Witch (published by Orion).

07/09/2015Writing traditional tales into new stories

Why children's books needs an 'MGLC'

With the upcoming and brilliantly successful YA Literacy Convention (YALC), launching at Olympia this weekend, ReadingZone editor Caroline Horn wonders if the success of YA literature has come at...

15/07/2015Why children's books needs an 'MGLC'

Poetry writing advice from Hilda Offen

Poet Hilda Offen (Blue Balloon and Rabbit Ears) gives some advice to young people on where to start when they decide to write a poem.

06/07/2015Poetry writing advice from Hilda Offen

Children's writing is 'too flowery'

A group of authors have contacted the education secretary to complain that schools are steering children's creative writing to "too elaborate, flowery and over-complex" language. Do you agree?

02/07/2015Children's writing is 'too flowery'

William the Cat returns...

Helen Hancocks, creator of the picture book William and the Missing Masterpiece (published by Templar), tells us what inspired the follow-up to this story.

28/06/2015William the Cat returns...

Bring back school newspapers, says author

Malcolm Judge, author of the Jonny Jakes Investigates series, talks about his passion for school newspapers, and gives young journalists a few great tips.

19/06/2015Bring back school newspapers, says author

Pamela Butchart on being a teacher and writer

Author Pamela Butchart (The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, Never Tickle a Tiger) is also a full time teacher, teaching Philosophy in Dundee. Here, she talks to ReadingZone about juggling two careers.

15/06/2015Pamela Butchart on being a teacher and writer

Imagine a world where words are forbidden...

Little Island publisher Siobhan Parkinson, who was also Ireland's first Children's Laureate, tells us how history inspired Patricia Forde's The Wordsmith, set in a world where one is only allowed...

04/06/2015Imagine a world where words are forbidden...
 

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