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A Story From a Story, with Phil Earle

A Story From a Story, with Phil Earle

October 19, 2021

Phil Earle speaks to Helen about the story that inspired him to write his brilliant MG novel When the Sky Falls – and reminds listeners that there’s more than one way to be ‘a reader’...

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This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Phil reading an extract from When the Sky Falls Section 1 starts at 00:00 Section 2 starts at 13:16 Section 3 starts at 27:46. 

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Putting Characters in Unfamiliar Places, with Jacqueline Wilson

Putting Characters in Unfamiliar Places, with Jacqueline Wilson

September 9, 2021

Undoubtedly a legend in the world of children's writing, Dame Jacqueline Wilson shares some of the secrets of her extraordinary success with listeners - including the importance, sometimes, of NOT doing your research...

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This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Jacqueline reading an extract from The Primrose Railway Children.

Section 1 starts at 00:00 

Section 2 starts at 19:10 

Section 3 starts at 34:19.

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A Cast of Characters, with Lauren Child

A Cast of Characters, with Lauren Child

July 13, 2021
  • One of the UK's best-loved author illustrators, Lauren Child, spends an uplifting half hour with Helen, discussing her own characters, what it means to illustrate other people's words, and how to spot a good idea when it comes to you.

    A resources pack, including teaching notes, planning sheets, working wall elements and more is available to support this episode at bit.ly/AIYCLaurenpack.

    This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Lauren reading an extract from Pippi Goes Aboard

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 8:28
  • Section 3 starts at 24:05

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Choose your adventure! with Rhianna Pratchett

Choose your adventure! with Rhianna Pratchett

June 24, 2021

Storytelling takes many forms - and in this episode, the supremely talented Rhianna Pratchett explains to Helen why writing for video games is such a uniquely challenging, enjoyable and satisfying way to do exactly that; and how she has now used that experience to create a ‘choose your own adventure’ book where, as in a game, the reader’s choices can genuinely change the direction of the narrative.

A resources pack, including teaching notes, planning sheets, working wall elements and more is available to support this episode at bit.ly/AIYCRhiannapack. This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Rhianna reading an extract from Crystal of Storms, with Helen making the reader choices! 

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 18:40
  • Section 3 starts at 30:23 

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Characters overcoming difficulties, with Helen Rutter

Characters overcoming difficulties, with Helen Rutter

June 8, 2021

Actress and comedian Helen Rutter drops into the podcast to talk about her debut novel. Titled The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh, it's a funny and touching story about Billy Plimpton, who is just starting secondary school, is desperate to become a stand-up comic... and who is also living with a stutter. 

A resources pack, including teaching notes, planning sheets, working wall elements and more is available to support this episode at http://bit.ly/AIYCHelenRutterpack. This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Helen reading an extract from The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00 
  • Section 2 starts at 10:40 
  • Section 3 starts at 24:05 

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Daydreaming a poem, with Michael Rosen

Daydreaming a poem, with Michael Rosen

April 29, 2021

Michael Rosen - possibly one of the nation's most-loved poets and authors - shares some of his best writing tips with listeners, and also talks about his latest collection of poetry, 'On the Move', and why the topic of migration is so powerful for him. A resources pack, including teaching notes, planning sheets, working wall elements and more is available to support this episode at bit.ly/AIYCMichaelRosenpack

This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Michael reading a poem from 'On The Move': 'The Migrants in Me'.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 11:45
  • Section 3 starts at 24:58.

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Weird and wonderful reality, with Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Weird and wonderful reality, with Frank Cottrell-Boyce

April 21, 2021

Screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce pops into the podcast to discuss his brand-new children's novel, Noah's Gold - and why the internet can cause a real problem for storytellers!

A resources pack, including teaching notes, planning sheets, working wall elements and more is available to support this episode at bit.ly/AIYCFrankCBpack. This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Frank reading from Noah's Gold.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 10:14
  • Section 3 starts at 23:29

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Writing about what you love, with Dan Freedman

Writing about what you love, with Dan Freedman

March 11, 2021

Former sports journalist and author of the wildly popular Jamie Johnson series of books, Dan Freedman, drops in to the podcast to discuss his latest novel, Unstoppable - and how it's possible to turn a passion into fuel for developing reading and writing.

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This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Dan reading from Unstoppable.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 20:55
  • Section 3 starts at 33:45

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Making objects magical, with Joan Haig

Making objects magical, with Joan Haig

March 4, 2021

Joan Haig joins Helen Mulley to talk about her captivating debut novel, Tiger Skin Rug, and what it feels like as an author to turn an ordinary object into something truly magical...

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This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Joan reading from Tiger Skin Rug.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 09:59
  • Section 3 starts at 26:54

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Telling stories from the past, with Bali Rai

Telling stories from the past, with Bali Rai

February 18, 2021

Bali Rai, author of Now or Never (part of Scholastic's brilliant 'Voices' series) has some powerful things to say about the responsibility involved in telling true stories from history - especially from a perspective that hasn't been heard before... 

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This episode is divided into three sections, which can be listened to in one go, as a sequence spread over several days, or in isolation. If you only have time to listen to one, we recommend section 2, which includes Bali reading from Now or Never

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00 
  • Section 2 starts at 08:44
  • Section 3 starts at 23:55

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