Author In Your Classroom

Characters overcoming difficulties, with Helen Rutter

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Episode notes

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 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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