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Talk Online | We can be heroes: classical stories for wellbeing today

Online | We can be heroes: classical stories for wellbeing today


What can you learn about kindness from a lion? Could a mouse show you how to help a friend in need?

Classical stories have a lot to teach us, from how to help others to showing kindness even when we are afraid. Join our storyteller to hear tales from the Greek and Roman world and learn to make your very own origami lion.

Together with Storytime Magazine, researchers from Queen Mary University of London have been exploring how classical stories like Aesop’s Fables can help children’s wellbeing. Find more stories in the free magazines in the We are heroes series.

This is a live, free event for children aged 3-9 and their families. Each child (and their adult!) will need a piece of paper for the simple origami lion activity. You may also like to have some colouring pens and pencils to decorate your finished lion.

Sign up to watch the event live. Join the conversation online too, using the hashtag #ForCuriousMinds.


Dr Rachel Bryant Davies, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, QMUL

Wendy Shearer, Storyteller

Rachel Bryant Davies is a recipient of a British Academy Special Research Grants: COVID-19 Award 2020 – funded by BEIS.

Free, booking required 

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Event details

Sat 19 Jun 2021, 11:00am

Live subtitles (remote) by Stagetext

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Venue details

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10-11 Carlton House Terrace
St James's

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