Welcome to my ever-growing Writing for Children website! It’s for adults who wish to write and illustrate for children and for children who enjoy writing and artwork.
This site is being rebuilt and modernised from the original one that had 74 pages and was started in 2002. It was showing its age and had to go! This new version will rapidly increase in size with sections on the history of books; tips for writing, editing, creating illustrations and handcrafted books, and more.
- To help children and adults develop a passion for the written word and books of every kind, and to encourage people of all ages to read, write and be creative.
- To provide information and tips for adults and children, beginners and experts, to help develop their writing, illustrating and art and craft-work skills for pleasure or publication.
- To showcase my own books, ideas and techniques, plus a taste some of the things I discuss and teach in visits and workshops.
- To be a fun and useful site.
While I am reconstructing,
a gallery of my published and experimental art
has been added to Flickr at
And yay! They’re new…
published by Hinkler Books!
Released 1 August, 2021
“Create beautiful, contemporary lettering with a personal flourish. In concise, easy-to-follow steps, ArtMaker: Modern Calligraphy explains everything a beginner needs to know about calligraphy and hand lettering, including the basics of letter formation, changing line weights, uppercase and lowercase variations, exploring different lettering and calligraphic styles and connecting letters seamlessly.The 48-page instruction book provides a sound foundation to expressing your own feelings, mood and personality via the handwritten word. From greeting cards to posters and prints, in the modern age of mass production, the art of calligraphy is a wonderful way to create unique, handmade keepsakes.”
It’s so new I haven’t seen the actual finished product yet…but I believe it has wonderful content by expert Joanna Chia, too.
It includes: • 48-page book • A calligraphy pen with two nibs
• 2 dual-tip markers
• 18 ink cartridges • Exercise pad
And in the US…
by Joanna Chia and Peter Taylor
(I haven’t yet seen this product, either)
Released February, 2021
“Art doesn’t have to be complicated. When it comes down to it, all anyone needs is a few tools, some good instructions from an experienced artist and some blank pages on which to begin. This is exactly what’s inside ArtMaker Essentials: Calligraphy.
Here we’ve created a beginner’s guide to the art of calligraphy, featuring artist Peter Taylor’s top tips and tricks to take the guess-work out of where to start and what to create first, to help make calligraphy practice a time of relaxation, creativity and pleasure. Set up as a user-friendly pad with directions on one side of the page and room to draw on the other, as well as the nibs, ink and calligraphy pen included, this is the perfect kit to help anyone find their next creative outlet or rediscover an old one.”
But this was actually the 9th spin-off product from my book ‘Practical Calligraphy’ that Hinkler published in 2010.
I collect books, read books, smell books, create artists books (sometimes even making the paper by hand), write books for publication – picture books, science, stories for all ages, and craft books – and illustrate some of them. I also give talks, workshops, masterclasses, provide exhibitions and work in residencies, and love helping people whenever possible.
In a former life, I taught high-school science, photography and art. I’ve also been a museum curator, nature reserve warden and held the position of Coordinator of the Australian state of Queensland’s Chapter of the 25,000 international member strong Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – the world’s premier organisation for children’s book creators. If you are serious about being a writer or illustrator for children, you may like to join, too.