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. Big interview
    Edward Hall

    Big interview Edward Hall  

    Following in the footsteps of a famous parent is difficult enough but when your dad is Sir Peter Hall, that’s a different challenge altogether. But Edward Hall is making his name with his innovative approach to Shakespeare productions as LESLEY FINLAY found out...

  2. Keith Gaines
    Impolite society

    Keith Gaines Impolite society  

    Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer and that the start of the new school year has not been too stressful...

  3. Picture this…

    Picture this…  

    Film is a serious art form with plenty to offer students of all subjects.The London Film Museum is tapping into a need for more information as LESLEY FINLAY found out...

  4. There is more to Larkin than THAT poem

    There is more to Larkin than THAT poem  

    Philip Larkin has been somewhat typecast by the poem about your mum and dad. But there are many reasons to dig deeper and share his work as SIMON FINLAY argues....

  5. Why we need to protect our libraries

    Why we need to protect our libraries  

    We are now well and truly in the Age of Austerity and that means times are a-changing for our libraries, which could face cuts of 30 per cent or more...

  6. Three’s a crowd

    Three’s a crowd  

    PETER KING teaches English at Wisbech Grammar School, and before the summer holiday, reviewed AQA’s publications about its new English specification. Here, he gives his verdict on the books…

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    If it’s on, it’s in our Noticeboard section.

  8. The business of creativity

    The business of creativity  

    The Creative Industries are a growing and valued sector, making a vital contribution to the national economy. LESLEY FINLAY looks into the current state of affairs…

  9. Guess Who’s
    Coming To Dinner?
    Jenna Lee

    Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Jenna Lee  

    Jenna Lee is a 26-year-old soloist at the English National Ballet. She is an active member of the Education team and has even found time to choreograph some ballet pieces.

  10. A Day in the Life
    Adrian Hall

    A Day in the Life Adrian Hall  

    Adrian Hall is co director at ALRA, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. As part of his job, he tries his best to ensure the budding young actors he sees are absolutely sure it is what they want to do.