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Fireside Story Telling Evening

Once again in 2014 (as in 2010 and 2012), a local family held a "Fireside Story Telling Evening" for us, reciting extracts from English literature.  Below are links to several literature websites where this literature is freely available to read online, followed by links to the passages that were read on the different occassions.



Passages from the Story Telling Evening 2014

Below is the list of Authors and their works that were read at the Story Telling evening in 2014, with links to where they can be read online (where available).

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

William Wordsworth

1770 - 1850

Sir John Betjeman

1906 - 1984

John Keats

1795 - 1821

Robert Bridges

1844 - 1930

The Apostle Paul

Bible (King James Translation, 1611)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1806 - 1861

Thomas Hardy

1840 - 1928

A.A. Milne

1882 - 1956

  • Winnie-the-Pooh.  Chapter One: In which we are introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and some Bees
    No (legal) online version found.  Here's a clip from the Disney cartoon adaptation of a part that was read:

Walter Sellar & Robert Yeatman

20th Century

  • Extract from 1066 and All that.  (Doesn't appear to be available online for free).

Marriott Edgar English

1880 - 1951

Lewis Carroll

1832 - 1898

  • You are Old Father William - from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 5: "Advice from a Caterpiller"
    An interesting point to note is that Lewis Carroll has woven parodies of other poems, well known at the time, into his stories - you may notice that Alice comments that the poem is "Not QUITE right" and "some of the words have got altered."  This is because the poem she was supposed to be reciting was one by Robert Southey (1774-1843), called "The Old Man's Comforts and how he gained them".  Maybe not as "fun" but this original poem actually has more sensible, and valuable lessons to teach.

Hilaire Belloc

1870 - 1953

Kenneth Grahame

1859 - 1932


Passages from the Story Telling Evenings 2010 and 2012

Below is the list of Authors and their works that were read (or listed to be read) at the Story Telling evenings in 2010 and 2012, with links to where they can be read online (where available).  Some of the links above may be duplicated here.

The Bible (King James Translation)

Translated 1611

Jane Austen

1775 - 1817

Edward Lear

1812 - 1888

Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1839 - 1932.  Most famous for his detective character, Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street.

  • The Terror of Blue John Gap (a short story from "Tales of Terror and Mystery") This was on the list for 2010, but we ran out of time.  Thankfully in 2012 we were given an excellent rendition of this.

Jerome K. Jerome

1859 - 1927

Beatrix Potter

1866 - 1943.  We didn't read from Beatrix Potter's works, although this was on the list for 2010's Story-Telling:

George Orwell

1903 - 1950

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four.  This book remains copyrighted until 2020; therefore no legal version is available online.  See Wikipedia for more information.

Douglas Adams

1952 - 2001

  • A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Originally written as a comedy series for radio.  This is still copyrighted; therefore no legal version is available online.  See Wikipedia for more information.

I had a look online for the local ghost story, "Shucky, Hettie and Thu", told to us in 2010 but couldn't find it online.


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