Meet John Hopley, the editor of Ink Pellet. He is a bit of a traditionalist (Jane Austen, the Brontes, Shakespeare, Dickens…) who is developing a love of modern teen fiction.
These are just some of our occasional musings on life in the arts world in Stage Whispers, the every day tale of everyday magazine folk…

  1. Noticeboard: February 2012


    Looking ahead to summer, the Cape Town Opera will be touring its acclaimed version of the Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess. Relocated to Soweto, the company’s gifted singers will bring such classics as Summertime, It Ain’t Necessarily So and I Loves You Porgy to a new generation. Written in 1935, the love story of Porgy […]

  2. Pass it on: February 2012


    We hear from former Ink Pelletian Laura Woodland who is in the West Country working on Somerfest, a folk festival for young people by young people. The event runs from April 2 and ends with an all-day shindig on April 7th. There are workshops and events to excite and inspire all week. At the helm […]

  3. Budding writers look here!


    The National Academy of Writing (NAW) is on the lookout for 12 talented unpublished writers to join their distinguished six month mentoring course. An introductory session to the NAW’s course takes place at Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross Road on Tuesday February 28th. Time to pull a sickie perhaps? Guest speakers include the NAW director, […]

  4. Peripeteia: online seminar news


    We hear from our friends at Peripeteia about their upcoming seminars. Check out Gothic Seminar with Dr. Dale Townsend and Dr. Angela Wright on February 26. You can sign up on

  5. Opportunity knocks!


    The longlist for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize has been announced. The prize is the UK’s annual ‘museum of the year’ award, and the biggest prize for arts and cultural organisations in the country. Ten museums in total across the country are in with the chance to win £100,000 and the award, which will be […]

  6. Get moving!


    Dancin’ Oxford 2012 is a celebration of dance talent in the city of dreaming spires and Moving With The Times is a showcase for six local artists who have been commissioned by the Oxford Dance Forum and Pegasus to create new work especially for this annual festival. Highlights include: Sole Rebel Tap which premieres their […]

  7. Get some razzle dazzle


    Don’t miss the chance to see the British Library’s major exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, as it enters its last month. This milestone exhibition, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November, is the first to display richly illuminated manuscripts from its Royal collection in such large numbers. You have until March 13th […]

  8. Visual arts round-up


    Preview There is much to see and admire this season in the world of the visual arts. The biggie is the Leonardo da Vinci at the National Gallery in London. The dryly-titled Painter at the Court of Milan runs until February 5 and features the most complete collection of his rare surviving paintings ever held. […]

  9. Pass it on: January


    Here’s one for everyone to share! As the newspaper industry suffers the multiple threats from the internet, falling advertising and sales, a new resource from the British Library demonstrates why we need to ensure they survive. The British Newspaper Archive website, brought to all by the British Library and online publisher brightsolid will offer access […]

  10. 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 […]