Inside scoop for young writers

Andrew McMillan with Abigail, Martine, Beth, Sylvia, Alice, Josh and Kitty
Andrew McMillan with Abigail, Martine, Beth, Sylvia, Alice, Josh and Kitty

Budding young writers from Driffield are in the process of creating their own magazine.

Children from Chatterbooks groups at Driffield, Beverley, Snaith and South Cave Libraries are getting the chance to work with writers, poets, illustrators and graphic designers to learn about every aspect of the magazine publishing process.

The creative team working with the children on the project include Andrew McMillan, editor and poet. Andrew lectures in Creative Writing at John Moores University and is co-founder and co-edits Cake poetry magazine, which publishes and promotes new writing. He has the lead role of editor of the magazine.

Andrew visited Driffield’s Chatterbooks group on Friday 13 September.

Working alongside Andrew are illustrator Liz Kay and writer Frances Kelly. The team is also joined by graphic designer Paul Burnett. Paul is the Director of Mercury design in Hull.

The project has been organised by Wordquake - East Riding Library Service’s unique project to promote reading and live literature events in the East Riding. The project is linked to Beverley Literature Festival (10-13 October) where visitors to the Festival will be able to obtain their free copy of the magazine produced by these budding journalists, writers and illustrators.

Chatterbooks are reading groups for children and are run in many libraries across the East Riding. They provide an opportunity for children with an interest in books to come along once a month to discover more about the authors they love, be introduced to new authors, learn more about how writers’ write and feel a part of their local library.

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