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#8 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Samuel West: 'Melisande' by E Nesbit

Our 8th story in the Al Hakawati series comes from actor and director Samuel West, who has chosen to read the magical tale of 'Melisande' by E Nesbit from his mother's 1938 copy. It is pure joy and you are in for a treat! Samuel has worked on some wonderful projects for film, TV, theatre and radio, and more recently has been reading #pandemicpoems every day since the UK lock-down began (not to be missed, you can find them on soundcloud). We are extremely grateful that he has also agreed to be one of our storytellers. Melisande is a fairy tale with a twist; a princess' christening and a wish that is granted, but not quite as simple as it seems. If you need some escapism, this is your ticket!

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