Thursday, 5 May 2016

Once upon a time ...

I consistently lament, these days, the time children spend gawping at screens - television, playstation, xbox, and mobiles.  This is precious time being wasted, when the imagination isn't being cherished or encouraged.  In my day (hate that expression) we listened to stories without images flashing in front of our eyes, and, with the aid of a few book illustrations, we created our own scenes and imagery.  Well, parents and grandparents and all readers of the running wave, here is a wonderful chance to encourage your young cherubs to enter the magical world of fairy tales, just for an hour and a half, next Sunday afternoon.  They can sit and listen, be entertained, and whisked away on a magic carpet of words and music to the land of once upon a time.
The BBC's next brilliant Radio 3 programme, Words and Music, at 5.30 pm on Sunday afternoon, is entitled 'Once upon a time ...' and two actors will be reading a selection of fairy tales and fairy tale-inspired poetry and prose, which will be interspersed with music.  I know it's going to be good and, personally, I can't wait!


  1. Well I will listen to the broadcast after the event here in Oz. Thanks for blogging it x

    1. I am sure you will love it! I've heard the trailer and it sounds wonderful! I hope some children get to hear it too. Childhood is not complete without fairy tales! A x

    2. Truly enjoyed this....listened to 30 minutes of it doing yoga...very relaxing and then abit more while I was cooking dinner...Cinderella part was abit startling.....not sure suitable for young ears..lots of questions....and then the final 15 minutes sitting drinking a cup of tea...bliss!
      Thank you for opening my ears to it. Jim Broadbent has a superb voice. xxx

    3. I liked the bit from 'Gangster Granny'! Gave me a few good ideas! x