The Voice

English Remnant World

I’ve always enjoyed reading aloud. I was pretty decent at reading at primary school. I was the kid who volunteered to read in class at secondary school. As an adult, I’ve read more often at friends’ weddings than I’ve been Best Man. I never fully appreciated reading aloud, though, until I had kids.

What I’ve realised, whilst reading The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, No-Bot The Robot with No Bottom, The BFG, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Chronicles of Narnia and Northern Lights is that there is a difference between reading aloud well in your own voice and finding and using the voice(s) of the text – the voice of the narrator and the voices of the characters. It’s a simple realisation, but one you rarely get to see secondary teachers, even English teachers, acting on when they read aloud in class. Perhaps things are different…

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