Sat, 12 June 2021

11:00 am - 11:45 am BST

Inkspots with Cressida Cowell

Author of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once

One of Britain’s most spellbinding children’s authors invites you to join her for a special livestream event.

It was on her childhood holidays spent on an uninhabited Scottish island and in the ancient woodlands of Sussex that Cressida Cowell started dreaming up worlds of lost dragons and warring wizards.

These dreams grew into stories written in a shed at the bottom of her garden, and then exploded into an international sensation. The How To Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series have swept the world and captured the imaginations of children and adults alike.

Both through her bewitching books and her campaign work done as the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida has undoubtedly helped a generation to discover the joy of reading.

In this online event, Cressida will speak to Hannah MacInnes about her journey as a writer and share her tips for the storytellers of the future.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from one the country’s most important authors at what is sure to be an inspiring event for both young and adult readers.


Inkspots is a new series of free, weekly livestream events connecting young minds with their favourite authors and storytellers. Join live on Saturday mornings or watch a replay at your leisure.

This event is held in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. You can find out more about their work, access their resources and donate here.

Illustration copyright © Cressida Cowell 2020

Cressida Cowell

Author, Illustrator and Current Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate

Current Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE is the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal LaytonShe has sold over 11 million books worldwide in 38 languages. Cressida is a trustee of World Book Day, a patron of Read for Good, an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Woodland Trust, and she is on the Council of the Society of Authors.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.