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Kevin Crossley-Holland holds us spellbound at The Story Museum. 9 July, 2013.

Tuesday 9th July

The Story Museum’s newest patron, Kevin Crossley-Holland, will be hosting two public events at the Museum’s home on Pembroke Street this week.

The author, whose trilogy The Seeing Stone (a retelling of the Arthur story) has won numerous awards and worldwide critical acclaim, will be sharing his passion for myths and legends at a series of spellbinding events, programmed to complement The Bodleian Library’s Magical Books exhibition.

On Wednesday 10 July he will be deep in discussion with poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen about Norse myths, Viking sagas and Arthurian legends. Can these two great wizards of modern story explain the enduring appeal of traditional tales and their endless capacity to be reinvented – as literature, films, programmes and games – for each new generation?

Kevin’s writing is famous for its power to bring the medieval world back to life. He will join us again on 11 July for Spellbound, an hour of storytellings, readings and musings to discover how myths, legends and folktales still capture our heads and hearts.

Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite, and filling up fast. More details can be found on The Story Museum’s events page.

Wednesday 10 July
I Saw A Wonder
Kevin Crossley-Holland talks to Michael Rosen about the role that ancient legends have played in our lives across the centuries. For adults and older children.
Time: 5.30-6.30pm. Doors open 5pm. Time afterwards for wine, book signing and chat.
Cost: £8 (£6)

Thursday 11 July
Spellbound
An hour of storytelling, readings and musings. Discover how myths, legends and folktales still hold us spellbound. For all ages.
Time: 5.30-6.30pm.
Cost: £8 (£6)

For more information contact: Cath Nightingale or Alex Coke on 01865 790050, cath@storymuseum.org.uk; alex@storymuseum.org.uk.

EDITORS’ NOTE

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His book Storm won the Carnegie Medal in 1986. His most recent book Scramasax was published by Quercus earlier this year. The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award. The trilogy has won worldwide critical acclaim and has been translated into twenty-five languages. Crossley-Holland has translated Beowulf from the Anglo-Saxon, and his retellings of traditional tales include The Penguin Book of Norse Myths and British Folk Tales (reissued as The Magic Lands). An honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, (where he was an undergraduate) he has collaborated with composers on operas, song cycles and a carol. He is president of The School Library Association and patron of the Society for Storytelling.

The Story Museum is a charity and non-profit company that works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. It takes story performances, exhibitions, activities and ideas to schools and communities and is creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of Oxford. The first phase – ‘Chapter 1’ – will open in Spring 2014.

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