The experiences that inspire me

A Guest Blog by Eve Ainsworth.

I never planned to write for young adults. I just knew I wanted to write SOMETHING. Writing seems to run through my blood, it feeds me and keeps me warm – and for a long, long time I just wrote the odd ideas that popped into my head – often underdeveloped and not really thought through in detail. But they were ok and they fed my addiction.

Things changed when I started working in a local secondary school. Again, this was not on my list of plans. In fact, when I left the same school at eighteen, I swore that I would never EVER return. But after years of unfulfilling and uninspiring work, I needed something different – so I decided to take the leap and work with teens – and thank goodness I did.

My new job meant that I was working directly with young people and also witnessing some of the real issues they were facing. It was a job I absolutely loved. It soon became clear to me that I could utilise my work in my writing and create stories that represented some of the very real and very concerning problems that face teenagers today. And so 7 Days, a book about the realities of bullying, was written, shortly followed by Crush, a book about toxic and controlling relationships.

I am a true believer that life takes you down a particular path for a reason. Years ago, I would have never expected to be writing books for teens, but now it seems a very natural and enjoyable route for me. This is not to say that I think you should only write what you know – but having experience in certain areas can feed your passion and make the writing so much more authentic.

Above all you need to enjoy what you do. Always.


Eve has written two Young Adult novels – Seven Days and Crush – both published by Scholastic. Seven Days was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Eve is giving an author talk at Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th, 1.30-2.30pm in the URC. Register now to save your seat! Suitable for ages 11+

Budding authors

18679049 CrushWhen: 17th September, time 1.30 – 2.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who:  Children aged 11+

Come and be inspired by an award winning author!

Eve will be talking about her experiences as a writer, published author and as a reader. She will also be discussing the important themes that her books cover such as bullying. She will talk about why it is important that matters such as these are explored in Young Adult fiction and how empathy and understanding can help us become a stronger society.

Eve will also be providing tips for budding authors and taking questions from the audience!

For more information about Eve visit

B is for Book

When: September 17th, at 3.00-4.00pm
Where: URC Main Church

*** Recommended for parents ***
How do children learn to read? What motivates them? Why do some succeed whilst others struggle?

In this talk award-winning local filmmaker Sam Benstead shares clips and insights from his most recent BBC documentary “B is for Book”. Described as “magical and spellbinding” by the Observer, the film follows a group of children aged 4-5 over a year as they learn how to read.

Sam is joined by Lucy Duncalfe, Literacy Co-ordinator at Lindfield Primary Academy, as they talk about lessons from the film and experiences in teaching children to read.

B is for Book