National Writing Day

      21 June 2017 marks the first National Writing Day – a new campaign that gives people across the country the chance to find their own voices through a day of festivities focused on writing. We want schools, libraries, writing groups and communities across the country to experience the pleasure and power that comes from writing creatively.   …

Interview with writer, visual artist and educator Alice Maddicott

Alice Maddicott is an author, tutor and visual  artist currently living in Bath. Her work has spanned everything from novels and poetry to scriptwriting for CBBC. She runs workshops in schools and museums across the UK . She was the Writer in Residence for the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s 60th Anniversary in 2009, and the  Bath International Literature Festival in …

The Bath Festival, 19-28 May: Young Writers Lab, Family Arts Day, Dare to Write Library and More

Bath Festivals is one of our fantastic partner organisations dedicated to promoting sustainable creative writing programmes in educational environments. Working with their Creative Learning department, Paper Nations runs and supports creative writing workshops at schools and festivals in the local area. One of these festivals is The Bath Festival which runs from 19th to 28th May 2017. Building on the …

Dare to Write with Martin Brown

Last week we shared an interview with writer and illustrator Martin Brown –one of the UK’s most prolific contributors to the children’s book industry and best known for his work on the Horrible Histories series. More recently, he has written and illustrated his own non-fiction book for children, Lesser Spotted Animals and is currently developing a follow up. We were …

Author Interview: Martin Brown, Writer, Cartoonist and Illustrator

  Writer and illustrator Martin Brown is one of the UK’s most prolific contributors to the children’s book industry. His drawings for the Horrible Histories series are like works of art: known around the world for their eye-popping use of colour, humour and sense of detail.  In addition to Horrible Histories, he has also illustrated many other stories. These include …

Dare to Write with David Almond

David Almond is the acclaimed, award-winning author of children’s books including Kit’s Wilderness, The Fire Eaters, Counting Stars, A Song for Ella Grey and Skellig, which won the Carnegie Medal. David is also our Chief Writing Ambassador, working with Paper Nations to share his own writing approaches, techniques and beliefs through special events and other collaborations. We chatted to David …

Dare to Write: Who Ate Santa’s Snacks?

Christmas is almost here! So, for our last Dare to Write challenge of 2016, imagine this: You come downstairs on Christmas morning to find the snacks you left out for Santa gone. All that’s left are crumbs and an empty glass. Who ate them? Santa or someone else? Did they do anything else while they were there? And have they …

Dare to Write: Christmas Decoration Discovery

Who’s already got their Christmas decorations up? Baubles, tinsel, lights and ornaments are our inspiration for this week’s writing challenge! Imagine this… You find something strange in a box of Christmas decorations. What is it and where has it come from? Who did it belong to, and what will you do with it now? Will your discovery change what happens …

Dare to Write: Advent Calendar Antics

We’re guessing lots of you opened the first doors on your advent calendars yesterday! Advent calendars count down the days to Christmas, with each door revealing a picture or present of some kind (usually small toys or chocolate, though there are some with puzzles, poems and other intriguing items hidden in each box!). For this week’s writing dare, start a …

Dare to Write: Secret Lives of Snowmen

Winter has arrived, and with it sometimes comes snow. Maybe not enough for school to be cancelled, but usually enough to build a snowman. So for this week’s writing dare, we want you to imagine: What would your ideal snowman look like? Do they have snowmen friends and family? What about animals or enemies? What if they came to life …