Authors Live: Vivian French

Vivian explores her love of stories, and gives a sneak-peek into how she creates her own books. She even comes up with a completely new story with the audience, and reads from her book The Adventures of Alfie Onion. Watch this event to inspire great characters and creative story making!

A full transcript of this event is available here.

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the broadcast. 

What's in a name? ENG 2-31a, LIT 2-20a

In the broadcast Vivian discusses how she come up with names for her characters and recommends choosing a name that tells you something about the character, like Alfie Onion or Olio Sleevery. Alfie Onion is a deliberately ordinary name (Harry Potter is another example of a deliberately ordinary name), whereas Olio Sleevery deliberately sounds like a baddie who could be up to no good. As a class, come up with different character names. You could explore using alliteration to create characters, or use everyday objects or randomly selected words from the dictionary to come up with names. Then create a character profile based on that name:

  • Is the character good or bad? 
  • What do they look like?
  • What do they like to do? 
  • Where do they live?
  • What is their one superpower or gift? 

This character profile can be used for creative writing, and pupils could create a story based around this character. 

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