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13th September 2018

Q&A with Lou Carter & Nikki Dyson

Lou Carter and Nikki Dyson are the author and illustrator of the newly published title Oscar the Hungry Unicorn (Hachette). They have also previously collaborated on the popular title Pirate Stew. Lou's other titles include There is No Dragon in This Story.  LOU CARTER - AUTHOR We gather that writing wasn’t your first choice of career……
21st July 2018

Q&A with Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Tracey: What is your favourite thing about being an author? I love the way that you can create something out of nothing at all. When you write you see a character come to life before your very eyes. You get to know them; what they like, what they find challenging, then you set them on…
7th July 2018

Q&A with Mitch Johnson

Just Imagine: Congratulations on winning the 2018 Branford Boase Award for your debut novel “Kick”. After working in the book industry yourself & seeing so many other stories being published, did you ever give up hope that your own book would make it onto the shelves Mitch Johnson: Working as a bookseller certainly makes you…
6th July 2018

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…
6th July 2018

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…
27th June 2018

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…
27th June 2018

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…
23rd June 2018

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…
22nd June 2018

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…
22nd June 2018

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…