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East Marshian Chronicles Podcast: The Graphic Novel of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists with Scarlett and Sophie Rickard

Development from story board to finished page of one scene from Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

In this episode a writer and an artist talk to a writer and an artist… 

Scarlett and Sophie Rickard are graphic novelists. Collaborating on every stage of a project, Sophie makes up the stories and Scarlett draws the pictures. This has been going on since they were children, when Scarlett’s constant refrain was “Tell me what to draw!”

The sisters grew up in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, and the culture and landscape of the north-west feature prominently in their first novel Mann’s Best Friend.

Their latest graphic novel is an adaptation of Robert Tressell’s working-class classic The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists with SelfMadeHero.

Scarlett and Sophie talk to our own Josie Moon (who makes up stories) and Sarah Palmer (who draws pictures) about their process in creating the stunning graphic novel of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (available in all good bookshops and from their website at

Gertrude the dog makes an early vocal appearance, one joy of home-working!

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