Beyond thrilled to open my postbox today and see that the marvellous books that I helped create during the Catching Words Project had arrived. Five different classes, five very different stories, all weirdly wonderful and all a total joy to help bring to life.
The Catching Words Project is available to any KS1 and KS2 class based in or around London and, because it is subsidised by the Man Charitable Trust and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it's inexpensive for schools to take part.
In summary, the class work with a poet, a story teller and a writer to play with words and ideas. The process is overseen by a Discover Story Builder and celebrated with the presentation of their own class book at the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford, East London.
You'd not be surprised to know how rewarding and worthwhile the Catching Words Project is for everyone who takes part (just look how excited I am) not least the children themselves.
To find out more about the project and how you might get your school involved please visit the Catching Words Project page on the Discover Children's Story Centre Website: Find Out More
I'm delighted and honoured to be asked back next year and can't wait to create more magic stories. Love, love, love Catching Words.
Just a very quick blog post to say that there's an interview with me that has just been published on NFReads. Here is the link if you would like to take a look: Interview with Camilla Chester
I went to the Katherine Rundell talk with my very good friend Sarah, but was delighted to see some of my SCBWI friends there too. We had to get a group photo. Can you spot Andy Shepherd author of the Boy Who Grew Dragons series?
Fantastic evening and one I will always remember.
The above photo is genuine proof that I'm a finalist. I think I probably needed to point to the bit about my book just to convince myself that it's true and here I am sharing it with you. It is a wonderful thing and I can't wait to see where it might lead me next. Now off you go and get your face masks on.
Just taking a moment to think about Judith Kerr as she died today.
Feel free to look back over my old blog posts as it is not that long ago that I visited the superb Judith Kerr exhibition that is currently running at The Discover Children's Stories Centre in East London. If you get a chance to visit I really recommend it. It seems particularly important now, especially if, like me, you have been touched by the amazing contribution that Judith made to the world of Children's Literature. Imagine how poorer the world would be if Mog had never been in it.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was a book that I remember vividly from my own childhood and I still own a copy of When The Tiger Came To Tea that both my own children adored (as did I).
Thank you Judith for all your wonderful stories. We will miss you, but your characters will live on.
I have an article in Words and Pictures this week, all about a masterclass I attended on world building that was run by Penny Thomas, co-founder of Firefly Press.
If you would like to take a look please click on this link: Words and Pictures
The trip was still a holiday, I saw and experienced all kinds of amazing things in the three countries I visited, but I wanted to share how useful it was too in terms of making the new book as good as it can be. For me the research was interesting, fun and amazingly useful, even if I've left the rewriting until I got home. You know what I will be doing over the next few weeks. Watch this space!
Love the SCBWI tribe - a quirky, wonderfully supportive and creative bunch. A special thanks to Susan and Phillipa for organising. Definitely be back next year!
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