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. exhibitions: Contemporary Observers

    exhibitions: Contemporary Observers  

    Graham Hooper compares two contrasting photography exhibitions currently showing in London

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Katsura Sunshine

    Katsura Sunshine  

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

  8. Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z

    Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z  

    A new online resource is being developed utilising the digital tools now available to enhance the teaching and training of physical theatre performers.

  9. BIG INTERVIEW: Anne Cassidy

    BIG INTERVIEW: Anne Cassidy  

    Crime fiction author Anne Cassidy, who writes for young adults, hit the headlines in 2004 with her controversial novel Looking for JJ – one of over fifty titles she has to her credit. Susan Elkin meets her.

  10. Rules of engagement

    Rules of engagement  

    The Royal Exchange Theatre is an iconic landmark in the heart of Manchester with a strong pedigree of plays and a close link to its schools and communities. Mark Glover spoke to the organisation’s new Director of Learning and Engagement Inga Hirst about reaching out to those beyond the bright lights of the city.