Explore Underfell

At the beginning of each chapter is an Ordnance Survey grid reference. Adventurous souls can find their way around this story using Ordnance Survey maps of the United Kingdom.

Guide to reading grid references (from The World Beneath the Fells exhibition)

Ordnance Survey maps OL5, OL6, OL7, OL8 and 89 cover the areas mentioned in the book.

Interactive map of Underfell on Discover Kelpies

Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Species Explorer

For Young Writers

These are some of the resources I use in my school visits which you can use at home to plan stories of your own.

Map of Underfell

Magical map template – the south of England and Wales*

Magical map template – Scotland*

Magical map template – Greater London*

Story prompts

*Disclaimer: Not geographically accurate. Do not use for navigation unless you have entered the fairy realm. Even then I wouldn’t trust it…

For Teachers

Downloadable poster

Adventures Through the Portal – learning resource pack full of TSBTS-themed activities!

LGBTQIA+ Resources for Schools

Discussion questions

Image courtesy of Mayfield School. Used with permission

For Writers

Some links to resources I have found helpful

The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Eight Sequences (Script Lab)

How to Tell a Story to Save the World (Writers Rebel)

Writing with Color

Disability in Kidlit

The Onion Method for Outlining

‘Why would I close the door to a queer person?’

Dismantling the White Default


Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders

Into the Woods by John Yorke

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert