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Author: Lucy Starbuck Braidley

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An education podcast exploring the use of comics in education. Each episode I’ll be joined by a special guest from a wide range of backgrounds, from passionate education professionals to academics and industry experts. I'll be exploring a wide range of perspectives in the search for information and inspiration. Listen in if you’d like to grow your understanding of the theory behind comics, discover the most effective approaches to using comics and graphic novels in your classroom and gain inspiration from passionate comics creators.

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In this episode Lucy chats with educator Clare McGreevy and illustrator Chris Mould about an innovative comic project involving schools across Rochdale, developing reading for pleasure through comics and also supporting the creation of comics - through re-imagining the untold stories of the historic Rochdale Town Hall. Clare McGreevy is an Advisory Teacher for Reading in Rochdale Council’s Virtual School. Prior to this, Clare had been a teacher, English Lead and Phase Leader with over 18...
In this episode Lucy chats with writer and comics creator, James Turner.James is a cartoonist and writer, creator, with illustrator Yasmin Sheikh. As well as Star Cat, his comic strip Clatters and Bump regularly appears in weekly comic The Phoenix.James joins me to talk about his new graphic novel Toby and the Pixies: Worst King Ever! illustrated by Andreas Schuster is out on 6 June 2024.James's recommendation for this episode:The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le GuinLucy's re...
In this episode Lucy chats to professor and author Nick Sousanis.Nick Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an associate professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he started and runs a Comics Studies program. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in te...
In this episode Lucy chats to author and illustrator Eliza Fricker.Eliza Fricker is an author & illustrator, and an advocate & consultant for PDA, autism and learning.She has published several books, including the Sunday Times Bestselling title “Can’t Not Won’t”, and the acclaimed autobiographical “Thumbsucker” released in November 2023.Connect with Eliza:Missing the MarkX: @_missingthemarkInsta: @elizafricker_missingthemarkFacebook: MissingTheMark1Details of the Tara Togs Kickstarter...
Lucy chats to The Cartoon Musuem's Steve MarchantSteve Marchant is a cartoonist and comic artist who has worked for British Airways, the BBC, ITV, the British Council and other clients big and small. He has also been running cartoon and comic strip workshops in schools and libraries across the UK since 1992, now primarily for The Cartoon Museum where he is also the learning coordinator and comic art consultant to the curator. Steve also runs adult evening courses in drawing for comics and gra...
In this Episode Lucy chats to official World Book Day illustrator 2024 and comics artist Vivian Truong.We discuss her journey into comics, life as a World Book Day illustrator and her graphic novels City of Dragons: The Awakening Storm and Cooking with Monsters. Vivian:X: @SuperRisuInstagram: @superrisuBBC Teach:www.bbc.co.uk/teach and https://bit.ly/3SlFag6X: @BBC_TeachFacebook: @BBCTeachWorld Book Day:Info: https://www.worldbookday.com/books-and-tokens/ #WorldBookDay #ReadYourWayX: @worldbo...
In this special Excelsior Award Special Episode Lucy chats to Paul Register, founder of the Excelsior Award, the biggest book award for graphic novels and manga in the UK!What makes the awards so special is that from the expertly curated shortlists, children and young people vote for the winning book in each category themselves - a great tool for reading engagement.In this episode Paul talks us through the 9 and over category (White) and 11 and over category shortlists for 2024. Y...
Lucy chats to academic Kevin Hoffin.Kevin is a senior lecturer in Criminology, working at Birmingham City University. His main research interests are cultural theory and critical media literacy (particularly around crime and justice). He also looks at innovating pedagogy with comics, and is working on an Ed.D to argue for a distinct comics pedagogy, suitable for Higher Education.Follow Kevin on Social Media:Twitter/X: @KHriminologyInsta: @Kevin_Loves_ComicsLinks to everything discussed ...
Lucy chats to founder of Graphic Novel Reading Room, Gabi Putnoki.GNRR is a regular event where people can read graphic novels in other people’s company in a relaxed space such as a cafe, a community centre or a library. A wide selection of graphic novels are provided to chose from, mainly long-form fiction and non-fiction. The sessions can be anything from a couple of hours to a whole day and people can come and go freely.Follow GNRR on social media:Insta: @graphicnovelreadingroomWeb: www.gr...
Lucy chats to comics creator Hannah Berry.Hannah Berry is an award-winning comics creator, scriptwriter and campaigner. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was appointed UK Comics Laureate 2019-21. Editions of her books have been published in the USA, France, Holland, Serbia and Italy, and she has been a guest of and speaker at over 150 comics, literature and arts festivals and events around the world.Find out more about Comics Cultural Impact Collective.Follow Hannah on so...
Lucy chats to comic writer and artist Pedro Martin.Pedro Martín is a former Hallmark artist and the creator of Asteroid Andy. He chronicles his life growing up Mexican American online in a comic series called Mexikid Stories, and in his debut graphic memoir Mexikid.You can find Pedro on Instagram: @mexikidstoriesLinks to everything discussed in this episode can be found on the podcast padlet.You can SUPPORT the podcast by buying a comic or buying me a comic at: https://ko-fi.com/l...
Lucy chats to comic writer and artist Ryan Estrada.Ryan Estrada is an artist, author, and adventurer. His books include Banned Book Club, Occulted, and the Student Ambassador series. He has worked for Star Trek, Popeye, Flash Gordon, and Garfield.You can find Ryan on Twitter/X: @ryanestradaAnd on Instagram: @ryanestradadotcom Links to everything discussed in this episode can be found on the podcast padlet.You can SUPPORT the podcast by buying a comic or buying me a comic at: ...
Lucy chats to graphic novel author and academic Mary Talbot.Dr Mary Talbot is the author of the graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes (Jonathan Cape 2012), illustrated by her husband, award winning comic artist Bryan Talbot. She is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power, particularly in relation to media and consumer culture. Dotter was the first work she undertook in the graphic novel format. It went on to win the 2012 Costa Biography ...
Lucy chats to Alex Harris from BBC Teach and Mike Stirling from Beano Studios.Today - we have another duo - of a different kind. I’ll be joined by Alex Harris Executive Producer, BBC Teach, part of the BBC’s Children’s and Education department and home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped classroom videos. BBC Teach hostsLive Lessons, Class Clips as well as many big campaigns, including Moodboosters the 500 Words competition - very excitingly, just been relaunched.Mike Stirling Creative Dir...
In this episode Lucy chats with creators of The Inflatables, Beth Garrod and Jess Hitchman.Beth Garrod is the author of the Super Awkward series. After growing up in Worcester, UK, she has worked around the world, including the USA, India, South Africa, and Canada producing everything from mental health campaigns, to music TV shows for brands including MTV and the BBC. She now lives in East London and splits her time between writing and social impact campaigns that help to inform and empower ...
In this episode Lucy chats with creators of the Agent Moose series - Mo O'Hara and Jess Bradley.Jess is an illustrator, comic artist and writer living in Torquay, Devon with her husband and son.Jess draws and writes for The Phoenix Comic and has appeared in over 300 issues. She also writes weekly for The Beano … In 2021 she won a Blue Peter Book Award for her work on A Day In The Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You and displays her badge proudly on her pencil case.Mo O’Hara is the New York Times bes...
In this episode Lucy chats to lecturer in primary education and PhD student Helen Jones.We discuss the power that can be found in giving children opportunity to write comics for pleasure - and what we can find out about their views on the world around them through exploring what they write. Helen draw on her action research with children in her comics club to share a compelling overview of why the freedom to create is so important.You can find more out about Helen's research in Children's Lit...
This episode is part of a collaboration with Lakes International Comics Arts Festival.Lucy chats to writer, illustrator and educator Sayra BegumSayra Begum is an illustrator, writer and educator based in Nottingham. She teaches Illustration at Falmouth University and Comics at De Montfort University. Begum released her debut graphic novel, Mongrel in 2020 (supported by ACE, published by Knockabout).Begum has contributed to the 10 Years to Save the World comic anthology, the Wild Escape campai...
This episode is part of a collaboration with Lakes International Comics Arts Festival.Lucy chats to writer and illustrator Emma ReynoldsEmma Reynolds is an illustrator and author based in Manchester, UK.Her latest book Drawn to Change The World: 16 Youth Climate Activists, 16 Artists, is a middle grade graphic novel with each activist bio illustrated by an acclaimed artist from around the world. With extensive backmatter including activist interviews on the power of community, and illustratio...
In this episode Lucy chats to writer and illustrator Victoria Jamieson.Victoria is an writer and illustrator from Pensylavia UK - most well known in the UK for her graphic novels roller girl and when stars are scattered.In this interview we talk about her journey to becoming a graphic novelist, her sources of in spiration and her process for creating graphic novels and we spend time talking about both Roller Girl and When Stars Are Scattered.You can find additional teaching resources for When...
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