read by Anne Maria Clarke audio production David Johnson
With this in mind and to celebrate this Winter Solstice we decided to record a chapter from Kenneth Grahame's classic Wind in the Willows remembered so fondly from our childhoods - which although not from the collective lore of Wonder Tales as such, draws so deeply and sweetly upon it that, as with all good tales it succeeds in returning us simultaneously to both the innocence of childhood and to the threshold of the mythological and numinous.
It was read to me recently on a course I was attending and I found it utterly enchanting. I read it to my husband on his birthday this year which he adored almost as much as I had adored it being read to me.
This chapter The Piper at the Gates of Dawn has sadly been abridged from many children's versions in spite of the fact that the author himself regarded it as quite central. It has certainly been the inspiration for countless other artists over the years who have paid it rightful homage in their derivative outpourings. We are privileged in its retelling to bow down low to it too.
Anne Maria Clarke
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