The Wood of Words is a website run by Digital Ink Drop CIC which is a not-for-profit company dedicated to growing children as readers and inspiring them as creative writers. We harness the power and adaptability of digital technologies to engage young people more fully with the written and spoken word.
We are passionate about books and reading. We believe that children have the ability to become creative wordsmiths by exploring the world of words and story.
Debbie Mynott – Director
Debbie worked as a Children’s Librarian, a School’s Librarian and as a Senior Lecturer, later Reader in Children’s Librarianship & Literature at the then University of Central England. In 2010 she had the honour of being one of the judges for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. She was Director of the Young Readers Birmingham book festival.
Her favourite children’s authors include Diana Wynne-Jones, Enid Blyton, David Almond, David McKee, Sioban Dowd, Melvin Burgess, Kevin Brookes, Robin McKinley, Geraldine McCaughrean.
Jake Hope - Freelance Consultant
Jake has been reading development manager with one of the largest library authorities in the United Kingdom. He has co-ordinated the Lancashire Book of the Year award and developed the Lancashire Reading Trail which Digital Ink Drop produced an interactive site to support.
Jake regularly reviews and commentates on children’s books and has lectured on psychoanalytical approaches to children’s literature. Jake has judged the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway medals and has trained judges for both awards. He has been a Jury member on the International Bologna Ragazzi award and has spoken on and chaired panels at conferences and festivals across the United Kingdom. Jake is a passionate champion of children’s reading and literature.
His favourite children’s authors include Anne Fine, Philip Ridley, Chris Riddell, Jan Mark, Robert Westall, Pete Johnson, Catherine MacPhail.
Susan Kruse - Illustrator
Susan is a qualified Waldorf Class Teacher. She is a practicing visual artist and has worked as an illustrator and children’s bookseller. Her favourite children’s authors include Diana Wynne-Jones, Dorothy Edwards, Jonathan Stroud, Paul Stewart, Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Morris Gleitzman and Margaret Mahy.