This week is the UK’s 14th annual story telling week, it is a celebration of how we relate stories to one another, whether it’s from talking about stories from our childhoods, to films we have seen and books we have read; giving out to all cultures, and raising questions.
Tales are quite often passed down through the generations, with each new child discovering the excitement of a story for the very first time. The ultimate pleasure for a parent is sharing the thrill of their favourite tale and seeing it revived through the eyes of their children.
Some stories and characters have stood the test of time, and some haven’t. Enid Blighton’s ‘Famous Five’ stories had a huge impact on children during the 70’s and 80’s – they were thrilling, and gave life to the boredom of the endless summer holidays. However these stories no longer really translate into modern day living, the language in that period seems out dated, and children’s level of what they find thrilling is much more advanced. Instead these stories have metamorphasised into new adventures, with new characters our children can relate to in today’s multi-cultural society.
Telling a story doesn’t depend on how it is translated, it is about being transported into a different world, one of make believe, one made from our imagination, where anything and everything is possible, pushing the boundaries of our own restricted world.