Have You Been Read Like a Book?

According to Oxford University’s online dictionaries, the phrase to ‘read someone like a book’ means to be able to ‘understand someone's thoughts and motives clearly or easily’. This saying took on an interesting twist for me today when I stumbled across the Human Library™ on the internet today. In this unusual library, you withdraw not … Continue reading Have You Been Read Like a Book?

Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?…

I remember as a child entering into a competition held by Radio Four in which people were invited to enter mini-sagas, 50 word stories. Fifty words doesn’t sound like many does it, anyone can come up with fifty words (to give you a sense of scale, the newsletter front page article is usually 4-500 words). … Continue reading Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?…

The Importance of Story

Just read this by Joanne Harris in the Telegraph: Stories – even fairy stories – are not just entertainment. Stories are important. They help us understand who we are. They teach us empathy, respect for other cultures, other ideas. They help us articulate concepts that cannot otherwise be expressed. Stories help us communicate; they bring us … Continue reading The Importance of Story

The Power of Reading (Neil Gaiman)

Just picked up a link to Neil Gaiman's Reading Agency lecture 2013. Fantastic talk on the power and importance of reading. Covers a wide range of topics from imagination, children, China, Apple, invention, pleasure, prisons, ebooks, libraries, empathy, truth, obligations, day dreaming, the future and the dead! Listening to this I repeatedly found myself declaring … Continue reading The Power of Reading (Neil Gaiman)

Review: The Storyteller of Marrakesh

The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya My rating: 5 of 5 stars Last week the latest addition to our household arrived, our first Kindle. This was something I'd resisted for some time, despite my geek credentials. I love books, proper books, hold in the hands and smell and savour books with covers and pages, … Continue reading Review: The Storyteller of Marrakesh

I am the Good Story

On a recent interview for BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme (29th Oct), the children’s author Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy) discussed his latest book, a retelling of 50 of his favourite Brothers Grimm fairy tales to mark the bicentennial of their first publication. He was joined by Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline, Doctor Who) … Continue reading I am the Good Story