Fairy Tales My Father Never Told Me by Dimitra Nikolaidou

“Why won’t you read me Cinderella?” “I have another story, one you’ve never heard…” Long after I had learned to read myself and stopped requesting bedtime stories, my dad let slip the reason he never bought me Cinderella or Snow White or any other classic fairy tale: he was angered by the fact that the…

A Grace Given in Sorrow: Stories as Soulcraft with Edward Cooke

Bruno Bettelheim has had a bad press. He’s been pilloried for extending the influence of nurture much further than we’re comfortable with. He was even so unfashionable as to believe we could all be nurtured by exposure to stories. In The Uses of Enchantment he puts it like this: Explaining to a child why a…