While I was signing books at the Leeds Book Awards, I had a chat with a pupil who asked me for tips on writing and illustrating stories and poems. I had an idea that the Scottish Book Trust website would have just the thing and promised the pupil I’d post links here.

Sure enough, the SBT site is a great place to start! If you are a young person who really wants to write stories, check this page out. There are video podcasts by authors Cathy Forde and Keith Gray, who both write for young adults. And at the bottom of the page is this great link, which will take you to a whole list of online resources and competitions.

As for illustration, I can direct you to my Links page for lots of book illustration resources!

There are probably loads more items I’ve missed, so if you know of a good resource for aspiring young writers and artists, please do leave a comment with your suggestions.