This week is National Storytelling Week (28 Jan - 4 Feb 2017), a time to celebrate tales and yarns from the around the world.
Stories come in all shapes and forms. They might appear when you have a conversation with a friend. They can be conjured up when cosying down with a new book. They can be told around campfires. They can even be created on Twitter.
Wait.... Twitter? With only 140 characters?
Yes! Flash fiction, twitterature, 140-character stories, six-word-stories. Whatever you want to call it, telling a story in just a few words is a test in brevity and ingenuity.
Short stories have a long history from ancient times right through to the modern era and they are often seen as powerful things as they often hint at a larger story.
To put the idea of short stories to the test, we asked children's author Margaret Bateson-Hill to come up with just six words that describe traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Margaret rose to the challenge brilliantly. Here are her six-word fairytales:
Centenarian princess receives kiss of life
Red blood, red apple, red shoes
Lost glass slipper is perfect match
Frog in golden ball kiss swap
The Princess and the Pea:
Pea'd off at loss of sleep
Humpty cracks up over wall fall
Can you think of any six-word-stories? Share yours with us on Twitter.
Book now for a special storytelling workshop in our Hands on Base this Sunday with Margaret Bateson-Hill, where we will help families discover their inner writing talents with inspiration from our Handling Collection.