Bringing stories to life

Stories came to life in the picturesque surroundings of St Peter’s Church Gardens, Wisbech, on Wednesday.

The Big Story Day was part of Wisbech Arts Festival and saw 60 children from Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary Primary Schools hear stories from around the world.

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Mary Conway

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Mary Conway

Seven storytellers took part, with some sitting in armchairs and reading from books while others acted out the story as they told it.

Father Paul West, from St Peter’s Church, was one of the storytellers and gave a rendition of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant.

He said: “The theme was stories from around the world and we wanted to say to all the children in Wisbech that everyone is welcome here and loved.”

The other storytellers were Keith Aplin, Valerie Veal, Tatiana Rance, Lesley Mardle, Mary Conway and Janet Stevens.

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Father Paul West

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Father Paul West

Storytelling is one of the most ancient artforms and has long been used to pass down information through the generations.

The Big Story Day was also linked to the Archbishop’s Project, which will see artists from across the world stay in St Peter’s Lodge and share their skills with the children of the town.

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Lesley Mardle

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Lesley Mardle

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Janet Stevens

Big Story Day for Schools, part of Arts Festival. St Peter's Church Gardens, 'Janet Stevens