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Q&A with Pamela Butchart

Hi Pamela,   How did the opportunity to write the new ‘Secret Seven’ novels come about & how excited were you to do this? Alex Antscherl (Editorial Director of Enid Blyton Entertainment at Hachette) read my Izzy series of books and got in touch to say she’s like me to write a new Secret Seven…

Q&A with Catherine Doyle

Just Imagine: Although you initially studied Psychology at University, did you always know you wanted to be an author? Catherine Doyle: Even as a child, I loved reading and writing stories, but it took me a long time to gain the confidence to sit down and write a full length novel of my own. I think my…

Q&A with Onjali Q. Raúf

Just Imagine: This is your first children’s novel. What inspired you to write this now? Onjali Q. Raúf: I’ve been travelling out to the refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk for the past 3 years with the aim of trying to help the women and children stuck there with emergency aid: but the thought of writing…

Reading Gladiators™ : Group Funding Options

Reading Gladiators™ groups can be funded in several different ways.  Ideally the fee is covered by the school budget, whether that be monies allocated to developing Literacy, English, the Library stock or Gifted and Talented, (those working above the expected level). Ultimately you are purchasing good quality books for your whole school book stock. It…

CLiPPA Awards 2018

By Just Imagine's Library Adviser, Caroline Bradley. What a privilege to witness the CLiPPA awards this year in the Olivier Theatre at the National. Self proclaimed bookworm and literary legend, Grace Nichols opened the proceedings with her beautiful poem 'Bookheart', celebrating a well thumbed read. From almost 200 video entries submitted from schools across the…

Q&A with Kita Mitchell

Where did the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous come from and did you plan all three books from the beginning? While I’d like to make it clear that most of my characters have no resemblance to people I know - living, dead, or teaching at my daughter’s school - the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous definitely came…

Q&A With David Solomons

JUST IMAGINE: You began your career writing for TV & film. Was writing for children something you always wanted to do? DAVID SOLOMONS: My first feature film was an adaptation of E Nesbit’s ‘Five Children and It,’ for the Jim Henson Company, so I began my career writing for children. Also, I have a terrible fondness…

Q&A Benji Davies

JUST IMAGINE: You studied animation at university, but did you always want to illustrate children’s books? BENJI DAVIES: I loved drawing from a young age and because I spent a lot of time doing it, I was good at it. When I was about eight or nine I decided I wanted to illustrate children's books. I also…

Reading Gladiators™ finalist for Teach Primary Resources Award!

We are delighted that Just Imagine's Reading Gladiators is a finalist for this award in the Literacy/English category. The winners will be announced at the end of the Summer break - watch this space! In the mean time you can read about the award here For further information about our Reading Gladiators programme for children…

Q&A with Will Mabbitt

Just Imagine: You’ve moved from pirates with Mabel Jones to ghosts with your new series Embassy of the Dead! Can you tell us where your inspiration for the new series came from? Have you already planned the three books in your head? Will Mabbitt: The inspiration from the book comes from my childhood. I was…