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. The School of HighTide

    The School of HighTide  

    HighTide Theatre Company has announced the first phase of its Inventing the Future programme, a range of initiatives to support the rebuilding of the arts sector in its current recovery phase and made possible by a grant of £78,000 from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. This includes the launch of School of HighTide and two new Higher Education partnerships with London College of Communication at University of the Arts, London and University of East Anglia.

  2. Pause for thought… Value trad texts

    Pause for thought… Value trad texts  

    Susan Elkin implores you to maintain a broad reading list for younger readers, including titles perhaps now overlooked.

  3. Coffee Break: Alex Knott

    Coffee Break: Alex Knott  

    Susan Elkin caught up with theatre director, writer and performer Alex Knott for a socially distanced coffee chat.

  4. Passionate Artisite

    Passionate Artisite  

    Alexia Khadime is a talented actress of stage and screen, taking time to support others during the enforced closure of theatres. Susan Elkin caught up with her for a chat.

  5. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland  

    RCS in Glasgow is the cultural beating heart of the city. Susan Elkin discovers more. Glasgow is an artistically vibrant city. Of course we all think first of Edinburgh and its famous festivals  but based, and thriving in, solid, elegant Glasgow are Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Symphony Orchestra along with Citizens and Tron […]

  6. Adapting to Digital

    Adapting to Digital  

    Finding new ways to sustain revenues, support actors and provide content for schools, Blackeyed Theatre has been quick to evolve and find creative solutions to survive the pandemic. Adrian McDougall gives us an insight. It’s a bit of a cliché but when times are hard, creativity thrives. And for those working in the arts, the […]

  7. Graeae Beyond

    Graeae Beyond  

    Graeae, a cutting edge disabled-led company, has launched Beyond: a new initiative designed to remove barriers and transform the careers of Deaf and Disabled artists across the country. Susan Elkin is our guide. Eight regional theatres have signed up to offer development support, advice, training, mentoring and the use of creative spaces at every stage […]

  8. Romantics Anonymous

    Romantics Anonymous  

    Funny, tender and painfully awkward, Romantics Anonymous is a delicious love story about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy. Emma Rice discusses the production After the disappointmentof the Romantics Anonymous tour being cancelled how does it feel to share the work again, in an albeit slightly different way than expected? It’s hard to […]

  9. Teaching remotely. Potential for the future?

    Teaching remotely.  Potential for the future?  

    As schools return for the autumn term, Susan Elkin looks at how ‘lockdown learning’ has adapted and whether new methods learnt can be incorporated into teaching practices. 2020 has become the year in which innovation and technology has driven learning. There has been criticism of teachers who have allegedly sat at home and done little. […]

  10. Incredibly MADD!

    Incredibly  MADD!  

    Susan Elkin took a virtual tour around the wide array of courses on offer at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, Nottingham. In 1967 Frances Clayton founded the Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama (known affectionately as ‘MADD’) to provide dance classes for children and young people in Nottingham. She is still its principal.  […]