Author In Your Classroom
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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Finding your voice, with Benjamin Zephaniah

Finding your voice, with Benjamin Zephaniah

February 3, 2021

Poet, playwright, author, musician and performer Benjamin Zephaniah explains how and why he writes, discusses the historical truth behind his latest novel, Windrush Child, and has some powerful advice for children struggling to find their voice, and make it heard... 

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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 a reading from Windrush Child

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 13:15
  • Section 3 starts at 26:56 

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Create a Christmas story, with Catherine Doyle

Create a Christmas story, with Catherine Doyle

December 14, 2020

Author Catherine Doyle, best-known for her Storm Keeper series of middle grade novels, talks to Helen Mulley about her latest book: a captivating reimagining of A Christmas Carol… but including the purple reindeer and mischievous Elf on the Shelf that Dickens somehow forgot to include in the original… 

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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 the author reading from their own work.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 05:43
  • Section 3 starts at 21:10

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A new take on a classic tale, with Michael Morpurgo

A new take on a classic tale, with Michael Morpurgo

December 8, 2020

One of the nation’s best-loved storytellers, Michael Morpurgo, joins presenter Helen Mulley to discuss where his stories come from (hint: he doesn’t conjure them out of nowhere), and why it’s so important for him to write about what really matters, especially when the world is looking strange and uncomfortable.  

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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 the author reading from their own work.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 11:05
  • Section 3 starts at 25:40

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Using humour in non-fiction writing, with Dara Ó Briain

Using humour in non-fiction writing, with Dara Ó Briain

October 28, 2020

Stand-up comedian, TV presenter, author and massive space-geek Dara Ó Briain has some fantastic advice for children about finding their passion and then explaining it to others with enthusiasm, clarity and some very well-chosen jokes... 

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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 the author reading from their own work. 

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00 
  • Section 2 starts at 08:50 
  • Section 3 starts at 22:30 

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Using research to write great stories, with Dermot O’Leary

Using research to write great stories, with Dermot O’Leary

October 15, 2020

DJ, TV presenter and author of the wildly popular Toto the Ninja Cat series of books for children joins the podcast to talk about how good research can inspire truly outstanding stories, sharing plenty of anecdotes and writing advice along the way! 

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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 the author reading from their own work.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 9:17
  • Section 3 starts at 24:04

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Writing compelling non-fiction, with Professor Robert Winston

Writing compelling non-fiction, with Professor Robert Winston

September 17, 2020

Doctor, scientist, TV presenter and author Professor Robert Winston discusses his latest book for young readers, Inventors: Incredible Stories of the World’s Most Ingenious Inventions – and offers advice for children on how they can produce really engaging non-fiction writing… and why they really, really, don’t want to be a ‘genius’!

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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 the author reading from their own work.

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00
  • Section 2 starts at 07:56
  • Section 3 starts at 18:55 

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Creating magical creatures, with Cressida Cowell

Creating magical creatures, with Cressida Cowell

September 15, 2020

Legendary writer Cressida Cowell – creator of the How to Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once series, and current Children’s Laureate – shares inspiring and motivational advice for children about the power of creativity, and why magic is at its most believable when based on the real wonders of nature! Will young listeners accept her challenge to create a magical creature of their own, supported by the free resources pack available at bit.ly/AIYCCCresourcepack

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 the author reading from her own work. 

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00 
  • Section 2 starts at 11.30 
  • Section 3 starts at 31:30 

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Building suspense, with Struan Murray

Building suspense, with Struan Murray

August 9, 2020

Struan Murray – lecturer in biochemistry turned children’s author – talks to presenter Helen Mulley about his debut novel, Orphans of the Tide; a real page-turner, packed with drama and cliffhangers, and threaded through with deep emotional resonance. He has some great advice for young writers about how to keep readers gripped from page one, as well as an interesting take on the worlds of ‘art’ and ‘science’, and how they're not actually so different after all! Download a FREE resources pack to go with this episode at https://www.plazoom.com/resource/author-in-your-classroom-building-suspense-with-struan-murray-series-one-episode-four

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 the author reading from their own work. 

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Section 2 starts at 12:25
Section 3 starts at 31:30

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Building fantasy worlds, with Jamie Littler

Building fantasy worlds, with Jamie Littler

June 9, 2020

The brilliant Jamie Littler joins presenter Helen Mulley to talk about his first book as both author and illustrator, Frostheart – a thrilling adventure set in a fantasy world of snow, ice, monsters and music – with plenty of tips for young listeners on creating their own literary worlds, and never giving up their writing dreams, along the way. Download a FREE resources pack to go with this episode at https://bit.ly/plazoomJLittler

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 the author reading from their own work. 

  • Section 1 starts at 00:00 
  • Section 2 starts at 15:22 
  • Section 3 starts at 27:51 

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