Competition proves colouring-in is not just for kids!

You’re never to old to enjoy a bit colouring-in!

That’s what we discovered while judging the amazing 251 entries to Zoe’s ‘Mysteries of the Deep’ colouring-in competition. Our youngest budding artists were 4 years old, while our oldest entrant was 80.

Younger entrants coloured in an image from Zoe’s Monster Messages project, while the older age categories were given a picture from Zoe’s latest book ‘Mysteries of the Deep’, an underwater colouring-in and activity book.

In particular we were delighted that so many Island primary schools got involved and encouraged their students to take part.  We had a really hard time choosing the winners as the standard was so high. A lot of time and imagination went into those pictures!

Winning entrants had their artwork framed and received copies of Zoe’s books and sets of colouring pencils. Plus everyone got to take home a tasty treat thanks to Zoe’s homemade mermaid cupcakes!

The prize-giving was held at Waterstones bookshop in Newport. “We are always keen to support local authors,” says Manager Jonathan Greenwood. “Zoe’s competition was a perfect way to show to kids and their parents that there is some great Island talent within children’s books.”

Zoe Sadler Colouring competition winners low res

Winners and Runners Up

Age 4-5

Winner: Martha Kendall

Runners Up: Gretel Langborne, Indi Cohen-Bird, Edward Ansell

Age 6-7

Winner: Claudia Summers

Runners Up: Nico Girven                                                                                                                     

Age 8-9

Winner: Sienna Cohen-Bird

Runners Up: Julia Blok, Ruby Marshall

Age 10-11

Winner:Poppy Marshall

Runners Up: Evie Thomas, Ryan Rodwell

Age 12+

Winner: Paul Marshall

Runners Up: Alyson Hosier, Mr Pieter G Joubert, Jessica Heng

Join us at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

We hope you have all been enjoying a lovely summer and lots of sunshine.

For many it is now back to school and back to work but there has been a flurry of activity behind the scenes at Inkyeverafter Press all over the summer. We are delighted to say we have been getting underway with our first ‘Inky’ titles ready for our official launch at this year’s Isle of Wight Literary Festival in October. We are hugely excited to be a part of the festival’s Youth Zone as well as being a part of the programme over the weekend.

Northwood House

For the past few years the Island’s Literary Festival has been hosted at Northwood House in Cowes and invites book lovers to enjoy the lovely setting of the Georgian manor house while enjoying all the bookish exploits the festival has to offer. There are lots of workshops to inspire and it is a great chance to meet authors you admire and if you are like us an opportunity to get a book or two signed by a favourite author.

The festival runs from the 12th to the 15th October 2017 and you can find more details at

Krissy our PR expert will be part of a publishing panel on how to give your submission your best shot alongside leading Literary Agent Caroline Sheldon and award winning author Kieran Larwood on Saturday 14th October. Find out more details and buy tickets here

Zoe, our resident illustrator, will be launching her new colouring book over the festival weekend ‘Mysteries of the Deep’. It will be published at the end of the month and is now available for pre-order.

Mysteries of the Deep

Zoe will also be running a free ‘draw a monster’ workshop for children within the Youth Zone on Sunday 15th October and if you want to bring your kids along you can sign up here. Get your tickets while you can as spaces are limited!

We do hope you can join us over the Literary Festival weekend so please seek us out as we will have an Inkyeverafter Press book stand within the Youth Zone. You won’t be able to miss us as it will be in the form of a little vintage caravan!

We are always happy to chat about anything book related so do drop us a line anytime and will be back with more Inky news and festival soon.