Air­waves tell a story

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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