Featured materials/resources

Featured materials/resources

Here we've collected together all the writing tips, anecdotes, blog posts and exclusive content our writers in residence have all provided for us.


Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness, the author of The Knife of Never Letting Go, was our first writer in residence. He blogged about the writing process, his daily life and wrote an exclusive short story based on characters from his Chaos Walking books.


Writing tips


1: Getting started

2: Laying out a structure

3: On When to Read

4: Compare and Despair

5: On Finding Time to Write

6: Freedom from Tyranny

7: It Talks!

8: Getting Published 1 (of 3)

9: Getting Published 2 (of 3)

10: Getting Published 3 (of 3)



Exclusive short story: 'The New World' by Patrick Ness




Nii ParkesNii Ayikwei Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes, a performance poet and author of Tail of the Blue Bird as well as many poetry collections, was our second writer in residence. He blogged about writing poetry for children, his writing methodology and how to research novels as well as providing video interviews, performances and an exclusive poem.



Writing tips: Don't write the X

Writing tips: The Plosives

Writing tips: Daydream Diaries

Video interview: What makes a good poem?

Video interview 2: Writing poetry

Video interview 3: Inspiration

Video poem: 'By Yourself Boy' by Nii Ayikwei Parkes



Exclusive poem: 'Constellation' by Nii Ayikwei Parkes




Evie WyldEvie Wyld

Evie Wyld, the multi-award-winning debut novelist of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice was our third writer in residence. She blogged about writing her second novel, her love of picture books and being an independent bookseller as well as writing an exclusive short story.


Writing tips: Distractions

Writing tips: Rude writing

Writing tips: Awful writing

Writing tips: Terry is my new name

Writing tips: Grubby tools

Writing tips: Rules

Writing tips: Five things that have scared me

Writing tips: What I think about when I think about being scared

Interview: Evie Wyld interviews short story writer Steven Amsterdam



Exclusive short story: 'The Whales' by Evie Wyld




Polly Dunbar

Polly Dunbar, the illustrator and author of Penguin and the Tilly and Friends series, was our fourth writer in residence.


Visit Polly's Game of Consequences gallery

3 video interviews with Polly Dunbar on how to create picture books
Exclusive picture book about how to write a picture book: Ideas Everywhere





Clare Wigfall

Clare Wigfall, the author of the short story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing, was our fifth writer in residence.


View Clare's short story writing tips

Read an interview with Clare



Exclusive short story: 'Before Their Very Eyes'





Bali Rai


Bali Rai, award-winning author of books for young people including Rani and Sukh and City of Ghosts was our sixth writer in residence.


Read an article by Bali about the importance of getting everyone reading, regardless of their background


Exclusive extract from Bali Rai's forthcoming book Fire City




Hannah Berry


Hannah Berry, acclaimed graphic novelist and author of chilling graphic novelists such as Adamtine, was our seventh online writer in residence.


Hannah on the author in a digital age

A video tour through Hannah's studio

Hannah talks productivity

How to do Twitter



Exclusive short story collaboration between Hannah Berry and James Smythe