6 bookish New Year’s resolutions

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As the earth spins past the final hours of 2015 and into the new year I’ve been thinking about bookish New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s what I hope will be part of making 2016 an exciting and stimulating story-filled year:

(1) Finally visiting The Ministry of Stories in London. The Ministry of Stories is a local writing and mentoring centre in east London, where anyone aged eight to 18 can come and discover their own gift for writing. It is hidden behind Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, London’s oldest supplier of goods for the Living, Dead and Undead.


(2) Learning more about the work of Grimm and Co – where children and young people are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and engage in new and exciting ways of writing such as song-writing, film and fiction. Rotherham based Grimm and Co is disguised as an apothecary supplying sorcery services & unnatural products to magical beings, and is supported by The Ministry of Stories.


(3) Talking with the folk at Storybarn (@caldiessb) to learn more about their plans to create an interactive story centre where children can explore, share and discover the pleasure & imagination that comes from books.


(4) Using some of the ideas from visiting these inspiring places to run a FUN PALACE in October… I was so happy that in 2015 I finally managed to meet Matt Finch in person and he’s been my inspiration behind dreaming of a fun palace. Unfortunately he’ll be in Australia in October but if any of YOU are in the West Midlands (or willing to visit!) and would like to do something a bit crazy with me and stories and kids in October…. get in touch!


(5) Following on from my enriching visit to Hay, finding new books to add to my overflowing shelves by visiting Scarthin Books and Astley Book Farm, two bookshops relatively near to me which I’ve long wished to visit.

Scarthin Books (right), interior picture from Astley Book Barn (left)
Scarthin Books (right), interior picture from Astley Book Barn (left)

(6) Continuing to read books which will change my life. Of the 41 originally listed, I’ve so far read 8. My favourite so far has been The Phantom Tollbooth (I just love the playfulness of it) though The Miseducation of Cameron Post also took my breath away. Brilliantly written, and likely a book I wouldn’t have found without asking Letterbox Library for their suggestion.

What are your bookish resolutions for 2016?

7 Responses

  1. Jayne

    What a fabulous list of things to do. Just shows there is lots going on you just need to find it. Good luck and look forward to hearing all about these finds:-)

    • Zoe

      Thanks Jayne 🙂 Yes, lots going on, and I want to complement all my reading with a bit of more active, community doing too – that’s been behind some of my choices above.

  2. Anne

    Oh! Such a magical list!
    So, my bookish resolutions of the year:
    1- I want to put my career in a more bookish way (if this sentence is correct). As we don’t have any of these fabulous places devoted to reading and stories in France, one of my resolution will be to create one. Perhaps not the kind you talked about, I must find my way to do it.
    2- Read as much books reviewed by the English bloggers is like as I can. I discovered so much thanks to all of you during this year.

    I wish you a wonderful new year, Zoe, and hope 2016 will be the best bookish year you wished!

      • Anne

        Thanks for the link, Zoé! I’m always happy to discover new blogs.
        I don’t really know for the moment how to realize my first resolution, but I’ll give you news, of course!

  3. Catherine

    I’ve not heard of The Ministry of Stories, all definitely check it out when I’m next in London. Your Fun Palace idea sounds awesome too 🙂

    My book resolutions for this year are to visit Seven Stories, go to The Edinburgh Book Festival and the FCBG conference and hopefully to find a publisher for one or more of my stories.

    Have a great 2016 Zoe and I hope that you manage to achieve your resolutions 🙂
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