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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…

Q&A With Sean Taylor

Q&A with Sean Taylor   Just Imagine: The snowy setting of your new book “The Snowbear” must be very alien to your children after life in Brazil. Is this book inspired by your own childhood memories? Sean Taylor: I wrote The Snowbear when we were living in Brazil. I remember it was a very hot afternoon…

Lauren Child – Children’s Laureate 2017

Just Imagine: Congratulations on becoming the latest Children’s Laureate! How have the first few months of your Laureateship been and what are your plans for your time in the post? Lauren Child: It has been a busy time but really interesting one. I am enjoying the chance to think about and discuss ideas, particularly the…