Most people love reading and enjoy being taken on an adventure or to a different land or time through the power of literature. But when was the last time you and your family or friends read aloud to each other? I can’t think of anything more hyggelig than getting together with others, nibbling on cake and reading aloud to one another.
Storytelling is one of our oldest artforms. It stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of connection, community and togetherness between tellers and listeners. Anyone can read a story to someone else, whether they are 5 or 95. There is something quite special about listening to someone reading a story or poem out loud,allowing your imagination to run amok, listening to the narrator’s own take on the story they are reading. Imagine being all snuggled up under cosy blankets in a candlelit room sharing short stories or poems – what a wonderful way to spend an evening with family and friends.
Here are some suggestions of books for a storytelling evening (or you could make up your own stories!):
Winter’s Coming Hardcover by Margaret Carter – a beautiful children’s book about a family of bears getting ready for the winter.
Percy The Park Keeper – One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth – wonderfully illustrated children’s book about a park keeper and the animals who live in the park.
Catullus:the poems, a Translation by Nicholas Langford Roman poet who was renowned for writing both beautiful love poems and rude, bawdy ditties.
The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology by Edgar Allen Poe and Washington Irving
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm