Season 1, Ep. 11
In this episode the rapper, author and stand up comedian Ben Bailey Smith, talks to us about growing up with his sister writing and performing comedy shows, the characters in his brilliant new children's book Something I Said, the hilarious ways song lyrics can be mis-heard and the experience of being a stand up comedian. It's a wonderful conversation and if you like what you hear you can buy his books and watch out for his performance this year in the Cinderella!
Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve
Season 1, Ep. 10
On this episode Joe talks to the very marvellous team of Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve who together create the excellent series of Kevin and the Flying Pony. We highly recommend it! On the show they talk to Joe aboutthe ways they work together as author and illustrator, Sarah’s love of horses, biscuits, albatross, guinea pigs called Beyonce, the arrogance of unicorns and their new book in the series Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit. Get listening!
Season 1, Ep. 9
On this episode we have the marvellous comedian, novelist, and television presenter David Baddiel talking to us about his new children's book Future Friend. We discuss gadgets, dystopian futures, comics, friendship and the weird parallels between his futuristic book and the world we are living in today.
Season 1, Ep. 8
On this show Joe talks to the author Jonathan Stroud about his fabulous news series, The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, his passion for comics and the process and intricacies of writing books. Its an episode for all you aspiring writers out there who want to turn ideas into books!
Season 1, Ep. 7
On this show we talk to the wonderful Waterstones Children’s Laureate and the author of How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. It is a conversation packed full of magic and energy. Cressida talks to us about the wonders of her shed/tardis, her favourite dragon and the new magical worlds she has been creating. Cressida invites us to tell fabulous lies, dive into books and see the magic all around.
Season 1, Ep. 6
A true listening treat, the multi-award winning American poet and author Jason Reynolds talks to us about the magic of language, in music, poetry and fiction. We hear about the stories that make up his new novel, Look Both Ways. He digs into his passion for other writers, collaboration, and the importance of courage in finding your own way of writing. It’s a wonderful conversation not to be missed.
The illustrators: Dorien Brouwers and Elliot Kruszynski
Season 1, Ep. 5
In this very special bonus episode we talk to Dorien Brouwers and Elliot Kruszynski about the life and work of being an illustrator. Dorien created the fabulous cover of our current issue and Elliot is soon to be featured in the magazine too. Listen in to hear about how they became illustrators and their advice for any aspiring illustrators.
Michael Foreman and Lauren St John
Season 1, Ep. 4
On this joyful episode we speak to the legendary author and illustrator Michael Foreman and guest editor of our April issue, the oceans activist and author Lauren St John. Spend half an hour in the company of two very passionate people talking to us aboutall the things that fill their minds and their books, from elephants to wild dolphins. An episode to dive straight into.
Sally Gardner and Sharna Jackson
Season 1, Ep. 3
In this episode Joe has a chat with the fabulous Sally Gardner, author of many amazing books includingMaggot Moonand theTindemsseries. She talks to Joe about why dyslexia should have champions, how she turned beach rubbish into something fantastic, her passion for Wes Anderson, choosing names in her books and the famous head of pink hair. In the second bit of the show, the marvellous Sharna Jackson, author ofHigh Rise Mystery,answers our quick fire round where we learn about her loves, her dislikes and what she misses most about England.Listen to Episode 3 to spend a really happy half an hour in the company of our most favourite authors.