As part of storytelling week, I sat down with Colin - one of our volunteers - to chat about his storytelling experiences over the years. Colin is a published author and, working alongside GTDT, has always been keen over the years to encourage everyone to pick up a book, and to share their reading experiences with friends and family.
Colin, now a pensioner, remembers being read Noddy and stories around a farmyard including Mr Dan the farmer, his sheepdog and Dobbin the horse. He says it was a Noddy story that made him realise he could write. For one homework he wrote a story from memory and the teacher said he must have copied it. He knew then that he could 'do words'.
When Colin was running story nights at the Bluecoat a few years back he did a few family events on a Saturday which got him into writing stories for young ones. But it was more the telling of stories that got him hooked.
Colin believes that books can take you anywhere and, unlike reading off a screen, you have something gorgeous to hold in your hands which you can dip into and go back and forth and check things and compare one page with another in a way you can't on-screen.
"If there's a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it"- Toni Morrison
"Outside of a dog, a book is a mans best friend. Inside of a dog its too dark to read" - Groucho Marx
Colin now spends a lot of time reading to his grandchildren. Their favourite books include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and any of the Gruffalo Books.