Each week of my #Wildaboutwriting competition with Blackwell’s Bookshop and Hachette Children’s I’m going to be sharing a different creative writing tip. This week, how to let your imagination really run wild!
Do you know a budding writer? I’ve teamed up with Blackwell’s to invite children aged 7 – 12 years across the UK to get creative in a new summer writing competition. The young entrants will need to write a story of up to 1,000 words using the following line from me to get them started: “It was midnight, and far beyond my window, a wolf in the darkness was calling my name …” This is their opportunity to show off their creativity and be in with a chance to win £500 worth of books for their school library along with a school event with Piers Torday, a £50 Blackwell’s voucher, signed copies of Piers Torday’s books and a small number of exclusive printed copies of their very own story for their personal enjoyment. This competition is only available to those in the UK and Republic of Ireland. All entries must be submitted before midnight on Sunday 13th September 2020. ENTER HERE: bit.ly/3ii4Bdz
I hope everyone is keeping safe at this challenging time for us all.
Sadly all my school and public events are either cancelled or postponed, check back for details in due course.
All my titles are available as e-books from the usual online retailers, links on my book pages.
All my titles are available as audio books from Audible, links on my book pages.
I will shortly be sharing classroom resources for all my books, from this website.
And soon, I will be doing readings of my books on Facebook and Instagram, as well as creative writing tutorials to help with the home schooling, check my social media channels for details.
To celebrate the forthcoming Wilton’s Music Hall production of my new play Christmas Carol – a fairy tale they are running a drawing competition for Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6). We would like you to draw or paint a picture of what you imagine one of the ghosts look like who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.
The winning entry will be printed on the front cover of the Christmas Carol – a fairy tale programme for the duration of the production’s run at Wilton’s, 29th November – 4th January.
The winner will also receive four tickets to see a performance of their choice of Christmas Carol – a fairy tale, subject to availability.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
- Make a picture of what you think one of the ghosts look like who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.
- Use any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece, as long as the entry is two dimensional.
- The entry must be no bigger than A4 and should include your name.
- Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, boldness and impact. JUDGES WILL INCLUDE: me and members of
Christmas Carol – a fairy tale company.
- SUBMIT WORK TO: Christmas Carol – a fairy tale Competition, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB using this entry form
- CLOSING DATE: Friday 15th November at 12.00 (midday). We will not be able to return submitted work.
It’s National Writing Day 2019 and I am celebrating with the fantastic creative writing centre The Ministry of Stories.
Catch my video of writing tips below, or download their FREE Last Wild creative writing resource for use with your young people – discover where writing can take you!
A massive thank you to everyone who entered our Box of Delights drawing competition – we loved seeing what you imagined would be in the Box.
It was a really tough decision but myself, designer Tom Piper and actress Josefina Gabrielle finally chose this entry from Ruby, aged 10. Well done Ruby!
A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasureculture in the school: book quizzes, blogs, book recommendations, discussions, plays, poetry bashes, blogs, book trailers and visits. The possibilities are virtually endless.
First mooted by head teacher Tim Redgrave, the idea has now spread to almost 200 schools across the British Isles.
The teaching staff at St. Silas are visionary, determined and inspirational about their mission and the school has a wonderful sense of family and community.
The children are also full of joy and passion for learning and reading, and I cannot wait to see what we can achieve over the coming year.