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Tiny Owl’s Fairy Tale Campaign continues 

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For thousands of years, people have been telling stories. From this rich global heritage, we can find fairy tales that are strikingly similar but also different. Each culture has their own version of these tales, and, even today, fairy tales have a lasting significance. Children from all over the world still grow-up listening to them.

Our new series, One Story, Many Voices explores well-known fairy tales told from unique perspectives from all over the world. So, with this in mind, we contacted authors, and experts, asking them the same two questions:

1) What versions of well-known tales were you told as a child? Who told them to you? And where did they come from?

2) Fairy tales often come from stories told a long time ago. Do you think these stories are still relevant today? And, if so, why?

We have a wonderful response from Alan Durant.

Alan Durant:

Fairy tales are endlessly recycled by authors 

1) What versions of well-known tales were you told as a child? Who told them to you? And where did they come from?

Alan Durant 

I grew up with fairy tales and nursery stories. I think my mother told them to me initially and then I learnt more about them at school: the stories of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Andersen entered deep into my psyche. My favourite story of all was The Gingerbread Man which resurfaced much later in my picture book Burger Boy.

2) Fairy tales often come from stories told a long time ago. Do you think these stories are still relevant today? And, if so, why?

We know that fairy tales – apart perhaps from Hans Andersen – come from many different sources and they are endlessly recycled by authors, because they are extraordinary and always relevant. I have done my own versions of Cinderella (as a detective investigation), Red Riding Hood (both as high comedy and horror), Goldilocks and more. As writers these are our currency. My story Quill Soup (for Tiny Owl) is a version of the traditional story Stone Soup. I was drawn to it immediately because it’s about accepting strangers, being generous to those who need help – matters which have always been important but today seem more so than ever.

Alan Durant is the author of our upcoming title Quill Soup. 

  • Read more responses here and here
  • Read this introduction by Tiny Owl publisher Delaram Ghanimifard of our One Story, Many Voices series
  • Cinderella of the Nile selected as ‘One to Watch’ by The Bookseller

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