Who doesn’t love visiting the library or local bookshop to choose a new read? Opening a new book and becoming totally absorbed by its contents is one of life’s simple pleasures. Perhaps it stems from childhood, the familiar smell of the bookshop or library giving us that feeling of comfort and nostalgia. Or perhaps it’s the thrill of exploring a different world, expanding our minds and learning something new.
Whether you enjoy reading on your own or sharing stories with your children or grandchildren, I think we can all agree it’s a magical pastime that spans the generations. Seeing children relish in the stories enjoyed by their grandparents is particularly special.
It’s the stories that stand the test of time that are the most fascinating. And many of these are passed down through the ancient art form of Storytelling. It’s one of the oldest art forms in the world and – once upon a time – was the traditional medium of communication from generation to generation. I’m sure you can all think of a story or character your parent or grandparent enthralled you with.
Thousands of people celebrated the act of Storytelling earlier this month during National Storytelling Week. Rather than reading to someone, where you refer to a text, Storytelling is purely oral communication, with the story coming from your own creative mind.
Arguably not as common nowadays, but with the rise of digital communication – especially with the younger generation – we feel it’s more important than ever to spark their imagination with stories. Don’t you think?