Category Archives: Focus on folklore

Retelling lesser known fairy tales

There are many traditional tales that feature a brave or fearless heroine. However, many of these stories are not that well known, even thou [...]

International Children’s Book Day & Hans Christian Andersen

Annually, on the 2nd of April we celebrate International Children’s Book Day. Each year a different National Section of IBBY sponsors the [...]

Fairy tales from over the sea

Recent news reports have raised concerns about the decline of language learning in our schools, so with World Book Day fast approaching, her [...]

National Storytelling Week 2019

As we are in the heart of National Storytelling Week, celebrating the oral tradition of telling stories, I thought it would be appropriate [...]

Recommended resources for traditional tales

This month is National Share-A-Story Month, an annual celebration of the power of storytelling, run by the Federation of Children’s Book G [...]

National Storytelling Week 27th Jan – 3rd Feb

Saturday marks the start of National Storytelling Week and many venues will be hosting storytelling events throughout the country. The Soci [...]

Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Culture

I was delighted to attend the 2017 IBBY Conference “Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Culture” last Satur [...]

Delving into the magical world of fairy tales

Yesterday, I was given a wonderful opportunity to attend a lecture on Children’s Literature (EE104 – week 2), run by Sandra Williams [...]

Jack takes on the giants once more

I recently read a retelling of a story called “The Fiery Dragon” in Daniel Morden’s book Dark Tales from the Woods. The notorious Jack [...]

Arthur Rackham – 150th Anniversary

The 19th September marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Rackham, one of the leading illustrators during the “Golden Age of I [...]
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