A selection of book covers drawn by children for their stories, including the Barry the Bob one drawn by me according to their instructions. Earlier this week I joined other authors/illustrators and over a hundred schoolchildren for two days at a fantastic ShoutWest writing event, organised by CWISL and held at Brunel University. There was storytelling, drawing and drama with emphasis on encouraging children to feel confident to write – and it worked! A huge buzz of energy, and an inspirational introduction by the poet Dalit Nagra. At the end of the two days … tidying up in one of the classrooms, and positive feedback from participants on Post-Its.