Digital Ink Drop is a not-for-profit company dedicated to developing children as readers and inspiring them as creative writers. The team behind Digital Ink Drop are passionate about books and reading and engendering a life long love of reading and words in children, young people and the adults who work with them and care for them. Our mission is to harness the power and adaptability of digital technologies to engage young people more fully with the written and spoken word as well as with the creators and producers of those words.
We believe that all children have the ability to become creative wordsmiths. We believe this is possible by encouraging children to explore the world of words and story.
Debbie Mynott – Director
I have 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 had the honour of being one of the judges for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. In my spare time! I run my own independent publishing company. In my previous post I was Director of the Young Readers Birmingham book festival – a lively urban reading and writing festival with a range of exciting, largely free events.
I have always loved reading, I sometimes think I was born with a book in my hand. I don’t remember learning to read or a time when I couldn’t decipher the words on the page and it is always the words which have most appeal for me. I have to work hard to read more graphical texts, though the effort is usually worth it. I will never forget the impact of reading my first graphic novel – Maus by Art Spiegelman. I also love the feeling of getting books into the hands of children, encouraging them to engage and then using their reading as a springboard to creative writing.
Michael McDermott – Content Developer
I am currently studying English at Newman University. My desire to study English at university stems from my love for writing and the enjoyment I get from reading. For my degree he studies many pieces which span different types of writing, including novels, short stories and poetry. This understanding of literature gives me a basis to work from for the content I create for the Wood of Words site.
My favourite books includes the whole Harry Potter series because I could enjoy them when I was a child and still enjoy them now I am an adult. Other than JK Rowling, my other favourite authors are Stephanie Meyer, Richard Platt, Mike Gayle, Chris Riddell, Patrick Ness and Christopher Paolini.
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.
Susan Kruse – Illustrator
Susan’s passion is picture books, book illustration, Young Adult fiction, mythology and fairy-tales. Her favourite children’s authors include Diana Wynne-Jones, Dorothy Edwards, Jonathan Stroud, Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell, Eoin Colfer, Morris Gleitzman and Margaret Mahy.
Gena Gaynor – Consultant Project Manager
I have worked as a Children’s Librarian and Coordinator and Programmer
for a well known children’s book festival. One of my favourite things is seeing the look on children’s faces when they actually meet a well loved author.
I am an avid reader and quite often prefer reading the children’s books I review to some adult literature, as children’s authors have to try a little harder. I have many favourite children’s authors and the list includes Loius Sacher, Melvin Burgess, Patrick Ness, and Julia Hearn.