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Collecting Ideas for Characters, with Lisa Thompson

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Coming up with new ideas for characters is one of the most enjoyable - and challenging - tasks facing established authors and young writers alike. In this episode of AIYC, Lisa Thompson talks to Helen about her latest novel, The Graveyard Riddle, which features some familiar faces alongside a new creation or two, and explains how she 'magpies' ideas all the time, in case they might one day end up in a story. A resources pack, including teaching notes, planning sheets, working wall elements and more is available to support this episode at 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 Lisa reading from The Graveyard Riddle. Section 1 starts at 00:00 Section 2 starts at 10.32  Section 3 starts at 22.49

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