Medieval manuscripts – like the ones that Solon works on in Hollow Earth and Bone Quill – often included illuminated letters, usually the first letter of a section of the manuscript. These letters would be much larger than the rest of the text and embellished with bright colours, patterns, pictures of people and animals, and often gold.
Why not try illuminating your own initial with colourful patterns, birds, beasts and people? You can scan your letter and email it to us (ask for permission from your parent or guardian first) at email@example.com and we will display the best on this website.
Doodles to download
If reading about Matt and Em’s powers as Animare has inspired you to pick up a pencil, here are some pages you can download to inspire you. Create your own works of art — and let your imagination bring them to life!
Click here to download a page you can use to create your own masterpieces.
Click here to download a page you can complete from your imagination.
Click here to doodle what Matt and Em see through the library keyhole in Hollow Earth.
British Sign Language
Zach communicates with Matt and Em via sign language as well as reading lips. Why not see if you can master the British sign language alphabet?
Click here to visit our wonderful gallery of mythical beast drawings which have been sent into us by readers!