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Q&A with Chris Higgins

JUST IMAGINE: You used to be a teacher. How & when did you make the transition to full time writing CHRIS HIGGINS: I was a full-time secondary school English teacher and had four children of my own so, though I loved writing, I never had the time to sit down and write a book. Instead…

World Book Day Ideas from the Just Imagine Team…

To help you make the most of World Book Day 2018, we've come up with a few different ideas that the children (& you!) might enjoy trying this year:   Have a  "real" World Book Day Challenge the children to find & read books by authors from other countries (not the UK). Eg; Pippi Longstocking by…

Q&A with Christopher Corr

JUST IMAGINE: How did you first get into children’s book illustration? CHRISTOPHER: I studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and most of my work involved travelling and drawing, visiting places I was curious about. Quentin Blake was my tutor for some of the time I was there but I was late…

Five Good Reasons for Reading Classic Texts by Bob Cox

Five Good Reasons for Reading Classic Texts By Bob Cox Flood the Mind with Magic Reading famous literature from the past floods the mind with a legacy of narratives, wonder and culture. It’s going to be a journey for life, like visiting a gallery of art which twists and winds its way on, taking many…

Q&A with Clara Vulliamy

Clara Vulliamy trained at the Ruskin School and the Royal Academy. She is the daughter of author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, and has written numerous stories for children and babies. She has recently published her latest book The Birthday Surprise, which is the fifth title in Clara’s Dotty Detective series. ********************************************** JUST IMAGINE: Congratulations on your latest Dotty…

Q&A with Abi Elphinstone

Hi Abi, A few quick questions from Just Imagine…   JUST IMAGINE: Your website shows us all the wonderful places you’ve visited as part of your book research. Have you always loved to travel and what comes first, the place or the book idea? ABI ELPHINSTONE: I’ve always loved exploring wild places. Growing up in…

A Far Away Magic by Amy Wilson

My inspiration for A Far Away Magic was a real person, who I never knew, and who I only saw for the briefest moment. I was driving past my local secondary school on my way to the supermarket, when I noticed a boy walking away from the school. He had long, curly dark hair and…

Wicked Young Writers

By Pam Gough, Literacy Standards and Progression Manager at Leys Primary School Pupils at Leys Primary School, Dagenham, embrace our school motto of ‘resilience to achieve; aspiration to succeed’, in many, many ways on a regular basis but perhaps our united effort in participating in the 2017 Wicked Young Writers Competition tops the lot for…

Q&A with Ross Welford

Hi Ross… Just Imagine: You began your working life in television & journalism. How did you make the switch to writing novels & in particular children’s books? Ross Welford: Unemployment, I find, is a powerful incentive to write. My TV career had been ailing for some years: in hindsight I was good at certain aspects…

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Q&A with Kevin Crossley-Holland JUST IMAGINE: A lot of your work concerns folk tales, myths & legends. What inspired your interest in this topic? KEVIN CROSSLEY-HOLLAND: Traditional tales are so immediate. They don't mess around with difficult issues or   the heart's conflicts and contours. They proceed straight from the A to Z of action without…