Airwaves tell a story
Children let their imaginations loose last Tuesday when Radio New Zealand story producer Prue Langbein led a story listening session at Porirua Library.
Children closed their eyes and listened to recordings of wellloved stories like Patricia Grace’s Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street and Joy Cowley’s Snake and Lizard.
Ms Langbein, who has produced children’s stories at Radio New Zealand for 20 years, talked about the magic of radio and asked what children would like to hear more of.
‘‘Robin Hood stories,’’ replied Stirling Gooch, 8.
Stirling only sometimes listens to radio, but said there is something special about listening to rather than reading stories.
‘‘You’re using someone else’s imagination and using some of your own,’’ he said.
Julia Macer, who was at the storytelling session with daughter Lily Cook, 4, has fond memories of sneaking a transistor radio into her bedroom early on Saturday mornings to hear children’s stories, especially ones by Spike Milligan, being read.
Times have moved on, however, and her daughter, Lily, has an iPod dock in her room to hear Radio New Zealand story podcasts.
All ears: Stirling Gooch, 8, didn’t want to miss a word of the classic Kiwi radio plays.
Quiet moment: Brooke Ferguson, 7, created her own pictures to radio stories played by Prue Langbein last week, with her mum, Lisa.
Story queen: Radio New Zealand story producer Prue Langbein took questions about her job from kids and parents at Porirua Library last week.