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, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079lwpp 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!