Press Release 11/2/2014

Three hundred primary school children writing and publishing a novel

For immediate release

Three hundred children from the UK could be the next JK Rowling. Together, they are writing and illustrating a monster book, which will be published later this year.

The children, who are typically from primary schools scattered throughout England, promise tittering, tears and terror in their yet untitled chapter book. The story takes place in Fangleland on the Planet Zorbit and contains three menacing species of monster invented and elected by the children.

The project is run by children’s author, Rosen Trevithick, who works with the young writers and their teachers to incorporate ideas from the fifteen participating schools. Each week builds on a creative writing task from the week before.

“We sent in our monster designs and Rosen combined them to make a species called the Lumipoo Momp. People from all around the UK voted and the Lumipoo Momp was chosen to be the main species of villain in the book! We were all very excited!” – Ellie Jean, year 5 pupil, Manor School, Didcot.

The project aims to nurture children’s creativity and encourage a positive attitude towards literacy.

“This has been the best writing project we have found for our children to date - they are engaged, motivated and thoroughly entranced.” – Stephanie, Year 5 teacher, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

The children will be involved in every step of the process including writing the book’s title, designing the cover and choosing the book’s shape. Once the children have finished planning their story, they will begin drawing the artwork with the help of professional children’s illustrator Katie W. Stewart.

Participating Schools

- Barford Primary School, Birmingham, West Midlands
- Bishop Winnington-Ingram, Ruislip, Middlesex
- Bosvigo School, Truro, Cornwall
- Broadway Primary School, Haslingden, Lancashire
- Bridge Junior School, Leicester
- Highfield School, Ely, Cambridgeshire
- Manor Lodge School, Shenley, Hertfordshire
- Manor School, Didcot, Oxfordshire
- Morton Trentside Primary School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
- Queensgate Foundation Primary School, East Cowes, Isle of Wight
- Rosemellin, Camborne, Cornwall
- St Edwards, Castle Donington, Leicestershire
- St Hardulph's, Breedon-on-the-Hill, Derby
- St Peter's, West Hanningfield, Essex
- Tregolls School, Truro, Cornwall


A prototype tig (monster species) by Tyler from Queensgate Foundation Primary School, Isle of Wight.

About Rosen Trevithick

Rosen is a number 1 bestselling author of books for adults. In 2013 she began writing for children, with her Smelly Troll series. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall.


Rosen Trevithick
Email: / Mob: 07968 564805

Further Quotes

“What an amazing opportunity for learners! They are so proud to have their ideas included in the book; it is a great motivator and is really getting them engaged in reading and writing.”
  – Lyn Houghton, Teacher, Highfield School, Ely.

“It has been great to get inside information on how to be a successful creative writer.  It has also let me look at the writing process in a different way.”
   – Linda Radcliffe, Teacher, Queensgate, Foundation Primary School, East Cowes.

“This has been the best writing project we have found for our children to date – they are engaged, motivated and thoroughly entranced. Rosen is so naturally encouraging – she is able to connect with the children and develop their writing beautifully – a teacher/parents dream!”
  – Stephanie, Year 5 teacher, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

“I love to read. It is a thrill to have a real author approve of my writing and artwork.”
  – Josie, pupil, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

“It has really inspired me to do more reading and writing and I am thrilled that my ideas are in the book.”
  – George, pupil, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

“This is one of the most fantastic fun projects I have ever done. I especially enjoy looking at all the other children’s work.”
  – Callum, pupil, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

“I am having a blast sending my writing in to Rosen and seeing how she will improve it.”
  – Oliver, pupil, St Edwards, Castle Donington. 

“It’s amazing that we get to work such an encouraging author. Rosen has helped us improve our writing and put it on the blog where everyone can see it.”
  – Annabel, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

“I feel that the Monster Project is great because you are writing with an author.  It gives you a chance to explore and expand your imagination.”
  – Sebastian, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

“When this first started, I didn't want to do it at first, but now I like doing it.  I’ll feel so excited when it’s published because the people who helped write it will have their names in the book!”
  – Joe, St Edwards, Castle Donington.

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