A Life in Books: An interview with James Mayhew

The brilliantly talented author and illustrator James Mayhew talks to Ian Eagleton about art history, painting to classical music, working with Zeb Soanes and Jackie Morris, resilience and mental health and shares his top tips for developing reading for pleasure… I was first introduced to your work when I first began teaching through Katie and…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Dawn Finch #21

Dawn Finch is a bestselling children’s author and librarian known for her work in library activism. She is a Trustee of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and a member of the the Society of Authors’ Children’s Writers and Illustrators Committee (CWIG).

When Sadness Comes to Call: An interview with Eva Eland

Eva Eland is a Dutch author-illustrator living in Cambridge, UK. Her debut picture book When Sadness Comes to Call,  published by Andersen Press came out January 2019 and is translated in several languages. Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit more about When Sadness Comes to Call? Sadness is personified as…

The Secret Starling: An interview with Judith Eagle

Judith Eagle completed an MA in Children’s Literature at Birkbeck University and now works as a school librarian. Here she talks about her new book, The Secret Starling… Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about your new book The Secret Starling? The Secret Starling begins in a gloomy manor house, in…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Allana Gay #20

The Reading Realm Blog Series: Educators doing extraordinary things Allana is the co-founder of BAMEed, which is a grassroots network aimed at ensuring diverse communities are represented throughout the education sector.  Name: Allana Gay Twitter handle:  @AllanaG13 What is your current position? Headteacher When, how and why did you get into education? What did/do you want…

The Train to Impossible Places: An interview with P.G. Bell

P.G. Bell lives in Wales with his wife and two children and enjoys Greek mythology, ghost stories and Doctor Who. Here he talks about his fantasy adventure for children The Train to Impossible Places and what’s in store next for Suzy and her friends… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about The…

The Missing Bookshop: An interview with Katie Clapham

Milly loves going to story time at her local bookshop. Mrs Minty is an encyclopedia of books and knows the perfect story for every occasion … tales of mischievous children and faraway lands, magical beasts and daring adventures. But the bookshop is old and creaky, just like Mrs Minty herself. And then one day Milly…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Hilary MacMeekin #19

Name: Hilary MacMeekin Twitter handle: @HLMacmeekin What is your current position? Headteacher, 10 class primary, Wiltshire. When, how and why did you get into education? What did/do you want to achieve?  My mum is a teacher, she spent most of my childhood trying to put me off teaching! I always wanted to be a teacher…

The Dog who Saved the World: An interview with Ross Welford

Ross Welford is a children’s author, whose books include Time Travelling with a Hamster, What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible and The 1,000 Year Old Boy. Here he talks about his latest story, The Dog who Saved the World… Can you tell us a bit about your new book The Dog who Saved…

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind: An interview with Victoria Williamson

Victoria Williamson has been a teacher for many years. Her debut novel, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, beautifully tells the story of twelve year old Syrian refugee Reema and her friendship with Glaswegian school bully Caylin. Here she talks about her work and her new book, The Boy with the Butterfly Mind… I…

Mo, Lottie and the Junkers: An interview with Jennifer Killick

Jennifer Killick lives in London and is the author of the popular Alex Sparrow series. Here she talks about her new book, Mo, Lottie and the Junkers… Without giving too much away, what inspired you to write this story? I love to write stories inspired by the things and people I encounter every day, and…