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Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Get Involved The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays.  Read at least six library books of your choice to collect rewards along the way – all for FREE. There’s a website to add to the fun too! Children can take part in the Challenge online at sillysquad.org.uk.    Use your library card ...

Love Letters to the World Writing Project

UPDATE 27 May 2020 Pen to Print are pleased to announce that we will be supporting Love Letters to the World for the rest of the summer for 15 weeks, in addition to the orginal 4 week project so will now run until 15 September 2020. This new online creative writing workshop ...

Friday Feature: Creating The Basilwade Chronicles

by Dawn Knox Credit: Lucy Lawson Photography When I started writing the first chapter of The Basilwade Chronicles, I had no idea it would eventually be included in a book. It was simply a short story written to present at one of the Basildon Writers’ Group meetings, where once a month, ...

First Story & National Writing Day on 24 June 2020

To support National Writing Day on 24 June 2020 First Story are sharing a new video tutorials and highlighting some resources from their partners. Check out their new resources we have shared the writing tutorials on our site to see more go to our  Films and  Podcasts page Happy writing! Snap and ...

Friday Feature: Dagenham Is The Protagonist

by Elaine Spires While I was growing up, I was blissfully unaware I was doing so in a place that so much of the country would have looked down its nose at and considered ‘deprived’.  I didn’t know it was sneeringly referred to as Corned Beef City by those who thought ...

Cloudburst We Need Your Questions!

Pen to Print is pleased to be working with the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation. We are very excited to be co-hosting our first online event together featuring Chris Wakeling co-writer of a new children’s adventure story Cloudburst, along with Wilbur Smith. The event is aimed at 9 to 11 year olds ...

Friday Feature: The Threads That Bind Us

by Eithne Cullen  I live in a quiet road where people are friendly and say hello to each other when we pass in the street. We chat with some about the weather or how the children are. Many of the neighbours were well established when we moved in over twenty years ...

Friday Feature: Women And Why They Picked

This week's theme is Mind The Gap. We've been talking about the many, and often stark, differences COVID-19 and lockdown have highlighted between people. This lovely feature about hop-picking, highlights another generation's 'gap'. Seen through the eyes of London women such as Vi Charlton, the following stories showcase how Londoners, who could ...

Friday Feature: Keeping Your Head

by Rachel Davidson Keep your head; it is how the If poem begins, with a poet’s question. Are you capable of keeping your head whilst all around you lose theirs? As I compose this piece, the UK is in its eighth week of lockdown. We are living through a period of societal ...