About Us

Established by former teacher, university lecturer and writer, Nikki Gamble, Just Imagine works extensively with schools in the UK and internationally to develop outstanding reading and writing in schools, where stories and  literature are placed firmly at the heart of learning.

This website is our school book supply site. For further information visit our main website


Just Imagine... 

Just Imagine at Langford, Essex is a specialist resource and training centre, which is open in term time. We welcome visits from teachers and school librarians. If you are interested in visiting, please contact us, info@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Just Imagine... The Training and Consultancy

Just Imagine... has a broad training and consultancy portfolio covering all aspects of English/literacy. We specialise in the teaching of reading and writing in the primary years and in developing reading for pleasure. We deliver school based training and projects for consortia and local authorities across the UK and internationally. For further information or to request a brochure, please contact info@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Just Imagine... School Book Supplier

The packs available for purchase from our website have been selected by our team of consultants and teacher reviewers.The selected books are used in our training courses and consultancy projects. With competitive pricing, we guarantee high quality books to engage young readers at affordable prices.

Just Imagine... The  Writers, Illustrators and Storytellers

Just Imagine specialises in organising events from 'one off'  school-based sessions to longer projects and festivals. Contact authors@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Just Imagine... Reading Gladiators

Find out about our popular reading programme for high attaining readers email caroline@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Just Imagine... The Team

Nikki Gamble: Director

Nikki has worked in extensively in schools across the UK and internationally. She is the author of 'Exploring Children’s Literature' (2013) 'Guiding Reading at KS2' (2016).  Nikki is KS2 reading advisor and series consultant for Oxford University Press and content creator for the Oxford School Improvement and Oxford Owl websites. She is Associate Consultant at the University of London, Institute of Education and Honorary Fellow at the University of Winchester.

Caroline Bradley: Library Services Adviser and Reading Gladiators Manager

Previously an English teacher and librarian, working in both the public libraries and for the School Library Service, Caroline says, 'I want all children to have access to the best of children's literature. I love to bring books to life for children and ignite their passion for picking up a great read'. Caroline provides a range of services including library audits, training for primary school librarians and training for junior librarians. She manages the exhibition collection at Just Imagine and teachers are invited to visit for consultations. Caroline also manages our Reading Gladiators programme, using her expertise & knowledge in choosing exciting & challenging titles for the year ahead. For more information, please contact caroline@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Sam Keeley: Education Consultant

Sam has worked in education for 15 years.  After working in Hertfordshire teaching all ages from Key Stage One to Three and becoming a Leading Literacy Teacher she moved to Essex and worked as a literacy consultant for the Local Authority before joining the team at Just Imagine. Sam says, 'I have never grown out of loving children’s books and am lucky to be able to share this with the teachers and children I work with and with my own two young children. The best part of my job is finding ways to make brilliant books come to life in the classroom.'


Vicky Edge-Baron: Marketing Manager (Programmes)

Vicky graduated from Durham university with a degree in Geography and trained as secondary teacher. She has worked overseas in international development and now heads up marketing and communications for Just Imagine. She is also spreading her wings out on the road, where her teaching experience, familiarity with schools and people skills make her ideally placed to help build our Reading Gladiators and The Reading Journey programmes.

For marketing and publicity opportunities via our communications, please contact  vicky@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Leanne Spall: Office Manager/Authors in Schools

Leanne organises our authors in schools programme, ensuring the perfect match for our visiting authors. Her excellent organisation skills are also now being put to fantastic use within our office, as she co-ordinates the day to day running of Just Imagine alongside Wil. To enquire about author visits, please email authors@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk


Anne Horemans: Events, and Web Content

Anne is our all-rounder! She is an experienced actress who brings energy and drama to our events. She also has fantastic attention to detail and keeps our website up-to-date with the very best of children's literature. For further information please contact anne@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Katherine Little: School Book Supply

Katherine is the super-organised co-ordinator of our school book supply business. She arrived 2 years ago to assist with an exceptionally busy month and made herself invaluable. Now we won't let her leave! For enquiries about book supply please contact katherine@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Wil Nicolaou: Office Manager and Finance

Wil's excellent efficiency has already streamlined our accounting systems and she is now extending this into co-running Just Imagine's daily business within the office. 

For enquires regarding invoicing please contact wil@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Our Address:

Just Imagine...

River Barn

Langford Hall

Witham Road





Opening hours

Just Imagine is open from 9.30 - 4.30 during school term time. We welcome visits from teachers and librarians.

Visits can be arranged by appointment during the school holidays. Please contact us info@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk