Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference. If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favourites yourself

  1. Coffee Break: Isabel Adomakoh Young

    Coffee Break: Isabel Adomakoh Young  

    Isabel Adomakoh Young, 28, describes herself as a queer actor, and writer of English and Ghanaian origins with a determination for social change. She played Juliet (Black British Theatre Awards lead actress winner) in Open Air Theatre Regent Park’s Romeo and Juliet in summer 2021. Susan Elkin spoke to her. How did you get into […]

  2. Manchester School of Theatre

    Manchester School of Theatre  

    In this month’s feature on drama schools, Susan Elkin takes a look at the opportunities available at the Manchester School of Theatre.

  3. ROH Apprenticeships

    ROH Apprenticeships  

    Offering another route into the industry, apprenticeships are flourishing and Susan Elkin examined the opportunities offered by the Royal Opera House.

  4. Fourth Monkey expands to Bristol

    Fourth Monkey expands to Bristol  

    Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company is offering a course in Bristol. Susan Elkin talked to founder and artistic director, Steve Green about this new development.

  5. NDT Broadgate

    NDT Broadgate  

    So just how do you support an industry which is on its knees – economically, theatrically and emotionally – after a pandemic which has almost felled it? Step forward New Diorama Theatre, its artistic and executive director David Byrne, and – most importantly – British Land, a real estate investment company with British holdings worth £10.3 billion. Susan Elkin investigates.

  6. EXHIBITION: Brutal Beauty

    EXHIBITION: Brutal Beauty  

    Making use of alternative mediums, Jean Dubuffet’s career spanned many genres and the latest retrospective at the Barbican caught Graham Hooper’s eye.

  7. ENO Outreach

    ENO Outreach  

    Determined to reach out to a wider, younger audience, the ENO is actively engaging with schools and supporting those recovering from illness. Susan Elkin discovered more.

  8. Coffee Break: LukeAdamson

    Coffee Break: LukeAdamson  

    Luke Adamson is an actor, director, writer and producer who has just taken over the Bridge House Theatre, Penge as its new artistic director.

  9. Difference through Diversity

    Difference through Diversity  

    A fierce, uncompromising visionary, revolutionising actor training, Fourth Monkey’s Director of Training, Charleen Qwaye explains to IP how they are evolving 2020 marks a big year for Fourth Monkey. Ten years since the London-based actor training company was founded, it also marks their BA (Hons) Acting degree receiving formal accreditation in partnership with Falmouth University.  This […]

  10. ALRA


    Forty-three years since its foundation, ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) continues to develop talented performers across many disciplines. Susan Elkin went to find out more. ALRA has come a long way since Miranda Hart and Jimmy Akinbola became its most famous alumnae. For a start, it’s the only drama school in the Federation […]