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 …

The Dare to Write Quest

It’s the last week of the summer holidays, but there’s still time to get involved in our Dare to Write Quest! The aim of the quest is to get young people started on their journey to become young writers. We’ll do this through a series of four challenges that will help kids everywhere explore their writing interests. The Dare to …

LKMco’s Creative Writing in Schools: Literature Review

Today LKMco, Paper Nations and First Story are launching a literature review exploring creative writing in schools, which looks at how schools currently develop young people’s creative writing, and how the impact of creative writing interventions could be strengthened. Paper Nations and First Story both received grants from Arts Council England’s Creative Writing in Schools fund. As part of this, …

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.   National Writing Day …

MediaWall Live Writing Event at MIX 2017 Writing Digital

From July 10th-12th 2017, Bath Spa University will hosting the International Mix Digital Conference. This event brings together writers, artists, educators and media practitioners to explore where storytelling and media creation intersect with technology.  This year, Paper Nations has teamed up with MIX to contribute to the Regeneration stand which celebrates young writers and the future of creative writing including …

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 …

Interview and Dare to Write Challenge with Visual Artist Holly Graham

Last month, we were a part of StoryFest at the Eden Project, where we launched our Dare to Write Library installation; a series of writing and book making workshops for young people. Visitors were invited to move through the four stages of the Dare to Write Library. They began by making their very own books, before visiting our library of …

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 …

The Dare to Write Library at The Eden Project, Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February 2017

    Join us this February half-term for the Dare to Write Library as part of the Eden Project’s StoryFest.  Storyfest is Eden Project’s book festival for children and young people which they describe as ‘a celebration of stories, storytelling, curiosity and fun’.  Here we will be hosting a nine-day installation of creative writing and bookmaking drop-in workshops. Children, young …