While I was writing GLINT I was also a Writer-in-Residence with Seven Stories, the Newcastle-based centre for children’s books. The residency was in my home town of Berwick upon Tweed. For one term I worked with twenty four young writers from Berwick and Tweedmouth Middle Schools, getting them to write creatively about the place where they lived. You can read their patchwork poem ‘Where I Live’ on this site. They build it up by selecting and putting together all their favourite lines of writing. I think the result is wonderful!
One of the pieces my young writers produced was a description of their favourite meeting places in Berwick and Tweedmouth. I borrowed these place names, such as Goldstone, the Goodie Patchie, Unthank and the Bell Tower, to use for Argent’s world. If you look closely at the cover of GLINT, you will spot all these place names on the pictorial map.
You can find out more about Seven Stories by going to www.sevenstories.org.uk.
To find out more about the writing of Glint and to read an extract from the book, go to www.acknowledgedland.com.
If you are an adult and you want some advice on writing for children,visit www.newwritingnorth.com and go to my piece in the Advice section.
For young writers, the best advice I can give is – read. Read, read, read. Read until you have words coming out of your ears. And try to write something every day, even if it is only a few lines.