Library

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

  1. A life with Dickens

    A life with Dickens  

    Sometimes it takes time to understand the brilliance of Charles Dickens. This happened to PAUL WADEY, the Head of English at Gad’s Hill Place, the school which was once the writer’s final home. Here, he shares his Dickens journey…

  2. Bringing the past to life

    Bringing the past to life  

    LESLEY FINLAY spoke to playwright Rupert Wickham about his approach to writing plays inspired by history...

  3. Noticeboard November

     

    To Ink Pellet’s own Ode To Autumn, the season of mellow fruitfulness and…err..,poetry. October has been designated National Poetry Month, an honour it shares with Black History Month – both specials being imports from our friends across the pond, did you know? Still, our ambassadors of this increasingly popular and accepted art form have been […]

  4. Book: Hard Times by Charles Dickens

    Book: Hard Times by Charles Dickens  

    Lesley Finlay enjoys another look at Hard Times and marvels at the skill of the Dickens's storytelling...

  5. Book: Dancing About Architecture by Phil Beadle

    Book: Dancing About Architecture by Phil Beadle  

    Teacher Phil Beadle shares his uncompromising and innovative thoughts on creative teaching. Lesley Finlay enjoyed the ride...

  6. Book: An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons

    Book: An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons  

    Author Alan Gibbons is unafraid of tackling tough subjects as Ink Pellet reviewer Julia Pirie found out...

  7. Book: Diary of an Unteenager by Pete Johnson

    Book: Diary of an Unteenager by Pete Johnson  

    Ink Pellet reviewer Edna Hobbs urges you to discover author Pete Johnson;s work through this entertaining novel...

  8. Theatre: I Have A Dream

    Theatre: I Have A Dream  

    I Have A Dream at the Polka Theatre told the story of Martin Luther King. Polka Youth Panel member Lillie Toon reviews the play for us...

  9. Theatre: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

    Theatre: The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

    Student Francesca Godfrey enjoyed a refreshing, innovative production of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Northampton's Royal and Derngate Theatre...