Scoop is a monthly printed magazine for children age 8-12.
Scoop is about indulging children’s love of the unexpected. Our aim is to enthuse children about the written word in as many ways as possible. It is about all forms of story, told by the most fantastic authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Gareth P. Jones, Tom Whipple, Alice Bowsher, Herbie Brennan, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Charles Foster, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Vivian French, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Joe Haddow, Imogen Lycett Green, Neil Gaiman, Caleb Femi, Lucy Coats, Jamie Smart, AF Harrold, Abi Elphinstone, Veronique Tadjo, The Etherington Brothers and John Agard.
Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. Each month we explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting. Because Scoop is created for children, we invite them to take part in monthly review pages and regular competitions- we want to give them the chance to see their work alongside their heroes and treat them with the same respect.
Scoop will be the best present for any child who deserves a treat. It’s for children who are passionate (or about to be passionate!) about reading, who want to know what’s going on in the world, who have a terrific sense of humour, and who love the idea of writing for a magazine and winning creative competitions. Not least, Scoop is for children who will be thrilled to receive their very own magazine in the post, addressed only to them.
Some of Scoop’s contributors
Jacqueline Wilson always wanted to be an author and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine. One of Jacqueline’s most successful creations has been Tracy Beaker. In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools, and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.
Laura Dockrill is a poet, author and illustrator. She has written and illustrated her own books of poems and the Darcy Burdock series for children, and Lorali for young adults. She grew up in South London, writing from an early age, and attended The BRIT School of Performing Arts. Her first job was at the make-up counter in Topshop. When she’s not writing, Laura will be walking her pet pug dog, Pig.
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland, where she spent her weekends hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. Abi is the author of The Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper and a third book, The Night Spinner, will complete the Tribe’s adventures in 2017. Abi also volunteers as a reading helper for a charity called Beanstalk and travels the world hunting for her next stories.
Neil Gaiman writes books. Some of them are for adults, like American Gods, and some of them are comics, like the Sandman series, and some of them have pictures, like Crazy Hair and Blueberry Girl. He was awarded the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book. He lives in the United States.
Catherine Johnson is a Londoner who lives by the sea in East Sussex. She loves writing about the people you don’t often see in regular history. Although the characters in her historical novels are made up, they’re always based on truths. She’s the author of Sawbones and Blade and Bone, about the apprentice surgeon Ezra McAdam, who realises that the dead won’t stay buried. Catherine has also written The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo and Arctic Hero, as well as for TV, radio and film.
Gareth P. Jones lives in London with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Herbie and Autumn. The Thornthwaite Inheritance won numerous local book awards while The Considine Curse was voted Blue Peter Book of the Year. This October sees the publication of his twenty-ninth book, The Thornthwaite Betrayal (Piccadilly Press), in which he returns to Thornthwaite Manor and the pair of twins who have spent their lives trying to kill each other.
Sir Tom Stoppard has written for the stage, film, TV and radio. His plays include Arcadia, The Real Thing and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Shakespeare in Love. Sir Tom is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest living playwright and he was knighted for his services to drama in 1997.
Yann Le Bec grew up in Brittany and moved to London to study illustration at the Royal College of Art. He published Danny, his first children book, in collaboration with his brother Gwendal, and they're about to publish a new book Raymond with Walker Books. He now lives in Paris.
Tom Whipple is Science Editor at The Times. He studied maths at Cambridge, but soon realised he preferred journalism to calculus. Tom has reported from the world’s hottest sauna and from Europe’s highest mountain. He is so competitive that his wife refuses to play Scrabble with him.
Andrew Donkin lives and works in London which he likes but cannot really afford. He has written over sixty books and graphic novels divided equally between fiction and non-fiction. He loves rockets, dinosaurs, polar exploration, and the Loch Ness Monster. He especially loves making comics with artist, Giovanni Rigano.
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