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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 Lesley.finlay@inkwellpress.co.uk We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favourites yourself

  1. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EBONY FEARE

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EBONY FEARE  

    Susan Elkin meets up with Ebony Feare, 36, an actress currently playing Tortoise in Pied Piper’s touring production of Hare and Tortoise

  2. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BARRY DRUMMOND

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BARRY DRUMMOND  

    Barry Drummond, 26, is appearing in English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum over Christmas. In 2008 he won the Lyn Seymour award for the most expressive dancer and in 2012 he was nominated for the Emerging Dancer award. How did you get into ballet? I’m from Callander in Scotland. I started ballet there […]

  3. Having a Healthy Voice in Musical Theatre

    Having a Healthy Voice in Musical Theatre  

    By Jamie Read, Co-Director of READ College   here are so many myths surrounding healthy voice use for today’s Musical Theatre singers that it can be difficult to know what to believe. The constant worry about damaging your voice, and the stigma often unfairly placed on singers who sustain a vocal injury, can lead to […]

  4. exhibitions: Contemporary Observers

    exhibitions: Contemporary Observers  

    Graham Hooper compares two contrasting photography exhibitions currently showing in London

  5. Forever Young

    Forever Young  

    This Christmas, Sally Cookson will be adapting The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Mark Glover spoke to the innovative director to discuss nostalgia, story-telling and the pressures of re-working such a classic book.

  6. Where have all the boys gone?

    Where have all the boys gone?  

    In this, the first of a regular feature examining issues facing the arts, Susan Elkin posses the question why so few men still take up ballet

  7. Look North

    Look North  

    In 2013, Hull was announced as the UK’s next city of culture. As the year begins its final season of programmes and events Mark Glover explores the work of Hull Truck Theatre and looks back on some of the year’s theatrical highlights.

  8. Twist Again

    Twist Again  

    Chinonyerem Odimba, 43, is an award-winning playwright best known for Amongst the Reds (Clean Break, Edinburgh Fringe and Yard Theatre London. 2016) A Blues for Nia (Eclipse Theatre/BBC), The Birdwoman of Lewisham (Arcola 2015) and Joanne (Clean Break. Soho Theatre, 2015). Her most recent success is Twist, a radical reimagining of Oliver Twist for the 21st century, commissioned by Theatre Centre. Susan Elkin talks to her.

  9. Lift off

    Lift off  

    Frantic Assembly’s Ignition training programme is aimed at young men, some of whom have never set foot inside a theatre. Mark Glover finds out more about this pioneering scheme and how it’s challenging the male stereotype.

  10. Katsura Sunshine

    Katsura Sunshine  

    Susan Elkin meets up with a colourful Rakugo story teller to find out more about this traditional Japanese art form.