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. Puppetry


    With many productions incorporating puppetry, Susan Elkin takes a look at the growth of this traditional artform and the training opportunities now available. Puppetry has probably been around for as long as children and adults have played make-believe games. Hold a tree branch in a certain way or make it “walk”. It becomes a tiny […]

  2. Punchdrunk – Small Wonders

    Punchdrunk – Small Wonders  

    Creating innovative theatre experiences and education workshops, Susan Elkin visits Punchdrunk in North London in advance of Small Wonders, their next production. Founded by Felix Barrett 19 years ago, Punchdrunk has long had an admirable track record of cutting edge, immersive shows which reach audiences and use spaces innovatively. The work has evolved beyond “promenade […]

  3. EXHIBITION: Human Relationships

    EXHIBITION: Human Relationships  

    Two contrasting shows at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain caught the attention of Graham Hooper, who provides us with an insight into both. For anyone, your fiftieth year can tricky. Suspecting that your best years are behind you, and knowing that others may well agree. Perhaps the body betrays signs of being that bit […]

  4. Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play

    Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play  

    The National Theatre’s major new initiative supporting the development of drama and theatre in primary schools across the country. Developed by professional theatre artists alongside teachers and senior leaders from primary schools across the country, Let’s Play is an ambitious creative learning programme designed to transform creativity and theatre-making in schools.  Using a programme of Continued Professional Development […]

  5. Creative Producing

    Creative Producing  

    Kevin Wyatt-Lown, Head of Marketing at East 15, outlines their new degree course in Creative Producing, aiming to train individuals in theatre making from behind the scenes.

  6. Raising the Roof

    Raising the Roof  

    In 1988, the Square Chapel in Halifax was a shell of a building. Damaged and seemingly beyond repair, demolition seemed the only option. It was to be saved however by a passionate group of residents who believed strongly in the arts and its importance to the local area. Today the Square Chapel is a wonderful arts centre and as Mark Glover finds out, the spirit that brought the building back to life is evident in its staff, visitors and community

  7. Young Court and Cuttin’ It

    Young Court and Cuttin’ It  

    Part of the Royal Court’s outreach programme, Susan Elkin finds out about Young Court and the recent schools’ tour of challenging play Cuttin’ It

  8. EXHIBITION: Art for Schools

    EXHIBITION: Art for Schools  

    There’s art out there, just waiting for you, ready to inspire your pupils and instigate cross-curricular learning. Graham Hooper discoveres a treasure trove of resources – both old and new – and hopes you will take up this fabulous opportunity.

  9. Arts1, achievements too

    Arts1, achievements too  

    Susan Elkin visits a new performing arts school in Buckinghamshire enjoying considerable success with its first cohort of graduates.

  10. Pause for thought… Essential Reading

    Pause for thought… Essential Reading  

    When are we going to start developing children as readers rather then mechanically teaching them to read and seeing that as an end in itself? Susan Elkin poses the question.