The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

As you probably know, the English don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. O. Henry loves to tell people – it is a “purely American” holiday. In England, we celebrate Harvest Festival. Of course, we’ve given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times – the odd virgin...

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I grew up surrounded by all things Jane Austen. She died in my hometown of Winchester in the county of Hampshire in England, and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. She spent much of her life in Hampshire, and lived her last eight years in Chawton, near Winchester. The...

Halloween Treats

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Bernadette Nason I’ve just got in from my last Halloween storytelling session for this season — I calculate about 3,300 children in the past ten days have gobbled up those Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night. It’s my most heavily booked...

Woman, Redhead: The Audition Lottery

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Bernadette Nason I’m always thankful to be invited to audition, even if I end up horribly disappointed, which comes with the territory and can break a heart. I was therefore pretty chuffed last week when I was blessed with two auditions....

Dear American Mother’s Day

Posted on May 8, 2016 by Bernadette Nason Dear American Mothers’ Day, I have mixed feelings about you. I don’t want to sound mean-spirited, and I genuinely want everyone to feel loved, but I wonder if you’ve lost your way. When I was growing up, Mother’s Day meant, to...