Episode 33: Down the Rabbit Hole Live: The Power of The Imagination

Broadcast 04 March, 2017


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Our first live show! The very first live DTRH event took place on 2 March 2017, as part of the nationwide World Book Day celebrations.

Authors Piers Torday, Cathryn Constable and Abi Elphinstone came to the High Street Kensington branch of Waterstones to discuss the power of imagination with a large and lively audience. You can listen to some highlights from the event here.

As part of the event, we asked our authors to come up with the opening lines of a story inspired by settings, objects or characters suggested by members of the audience. We had loads of brilliant suggestions - clearly there were many natural born storytellers in our midst! - and the authors whittled their choices down to 'a mouse called Macbeth' (suggested by India) and 'a weather vane' and 'a tree trunk' (as suggested by Isabella).

Below is the opening that Piers, Cathryn and Abi came up with - but how does the story end? We'd love you to take these first few lines as inspiration for your own stories - and if you do write the rest of the story, we'd love to see it! Feel free to email us the story, or a photo of the first page with your first name, and we'll post as many as we can here on our website. Happy writing!


The Nowhere Wind by Piers Torday, Cathryn Constable, Abi Elphinstone - and you

That day, the wind didn't blow the weathervane north, south, east or west. That day, the wind blew the weathervane upside down and back to front...

No-one saw or heard the weather vane move, apart from a small, distinctive white and ginger mouse, hiding in the hollow of the old tree trunk - a mouse called Macbeth.