When I set up Burst, I knew that it would evolve differently from traditional and established publishers for several reasons - not least that I was a primary school teacher embarking on a dream with no publishing experience other than I had read a lot of books published by other companies and knew I wanted to be a part of producing great books for children myself. I wanted to build a platform for other authors (and illustrators) in a similar position to me - knocking on the door of the London-centric UK publishing industry hoping that someone would eventually come and let us in to this amazing, creative world - and I wanted to build it right in the middle of my community, the beautiful South Wales Valleys.
But perhaps the biggest shift from traditional children's publishing was my desire to put children right at the heart and soul of storytelling - as creators themselves, not just consumers. I want Burst to offer purposeful projects that boost skills and confidence, with an end product children can be proud of. So I'm thrilled that Burst's first printed publications are part of our ongoing Creative Burst Wales project, where children are given a platform to create in schools, libraries and the community - even in castles (see previous blog)! We'll be using the hashtag #CreativeBurst to tell you more over the coming weeks and months.
As you can see from the photos above, this July we've printed a magazine written by a team of amazing Year 2 - 6 creators from St. Joseph's RC Primary in Tredegar, and an anthology of stories written by all pupils from Reception to Year 6 in Kings Monkton School, Cardiff. You can read the digital versions of the magazine here and the anthology here.
Happy reading and happy creating!