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. Learning at The Lir

    Learning at The Lir  

    Small class sizes and reduced tuition fees are just two of the many benefits from opting to study at The Lir in Dublin. Susan Elkin delves deeper There’s a flourishing theatre industry in Dublin – The Abbey, The Gate, the Gaiety and much more. Ireland has produced many acclaimed playwrights too from Shaw, Wilde and […]

  2. The Billy Effect

    The Billy Effect  

    The BalletBoyz dance company continues to promote new dance work and opportunities for male dancers. Susan Elkin takes us for a spin Billy Elliot has a lot to be thanked for. Rarely can a fictional boy have affected so many lives and freed up so many creative, talented and/or enthusiastic children – along with those […]

  3. Summer Schools

    Summer Schools  

    Susan Elkin guides us through some of the options available to both the young and experienced performers during the summer months How do you advise that very enthusiastic student in your drama class who simply can’t get enough? She or he wants to go to drama school. Parents are anxious. The answer could be to […]

  4. Teaching physical theatre in the classroom by Alesha Tatum-Howe

    Teaching physical theatre in the classroom by Alesha Tatum-Howe  

    In our most recent installment from Digital Theatre+, leading education platform for English and the Performing Arts, we asked Alesha Tatum-Howe, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Wakeland High School in Texas, to take us through her ideal playlist on DT+. The result is an indispensable guide for drama teachers looking for resources to […]

  5. American Dream

    American Dream  

    Graham Hooper examines the relationship between political events and art, as reflected in the current exhibition at the British Museum. The centenary of the Russian Revolution is too good an opportunity to miss for art galleries, and rightly so; the impact in design, painting and sculpture, even architecture, is still felt today. That this year, […]

  6. South Central

    South Central  

    Southwark, on the south side of the Thames in London, has attracted another leading arts organisation, with the RCSSD’s recently opened Bankside studio spaces. Susan Elkin went to investigate The world of theatre and education seems to be enjoying a spate of drama school moving, or diversifying, into south London. In our last issue we […]

  7. Music & Drama Education Expo

    Music & Drama Education Expo  

    Celebrating its fifth year, the recent Music & Drama Education Expo at Olympia proved to be an exciting, eclectic mix of workshops, seminars and exhibitors. Susan Elkin brings us a flavour of events You can hear the cavernous Olympia Central space rattling with trumpet blasts, people trying out pianos before you even get up the […]

  8. Re-chargeable batteries: the power and endurance of sculpture

    Re-chargeable batteries: the power and endurance of sculpture  

    Michael McIntyre’s ‘Man Drawer’ sketch from his 2008 Hammersmith Apollo routine sums up my life with objects. The out-of-currency foreign coinage, the electrical leads with no obvious function, the keys to the house I no longer own and the batteries with dubious levels of charge – yes, I have that drawer. In fact my world […]

  9. Using Digital Technology & Social Media in Practical Theatre Courses Using Digital Technology & Social Media in Practical Theatre Courses

    Using Digital Technology & Social Media in Practical Theatre Courses Using Digital Technology & Social Media in Practical Theatre Courses  

    Ezra LeBank –  Associate Professor of Theatre Arts , CSULB Building on a panel from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Conference, I have continued research on concepts to utilize social media and digital technology to support teaching in studio theatre courses. One repeated request has been for a resource of ideas about […]

  10. Moving South

    Moving South  

    Long established in North London, the Mountview Academy is heading south of the river. Here Susan Elkin catches up with principal Stephen Jameson Founded in 1945 as an amateur repertory company, Mountview Academy took its name from its local North London old style telephone exchange. By 1958 it was offering part time training. The full […]