If you’re going to Loncon 3 in August, this might warrant a detour: The Story Museum in Oxford is running an exhibition celebrating childhood story heroes (now until November 2nd). The exhibition is called 26 Characters, and the big draw is 26 authors portraying their favorite literary characters.
With costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, the 26 writers portray a collection of “rogues, rascals, witches and wild things” (as a BBC article puts it). My favorite is perhaps Neil Gaiman’s Badger (from Wind in the Willows):
Or possibly Anthony Horowitz as Jekyll and Hyde:
Wow! Amazing portrayals of the characters, and superb photography! This reinforces my belief on how important imagination is for us and for our our well being, no matter our age. Just think of all of the stories, plays, poems and myths we’ve imagined over millenia, not to mention tools, toys, gadgets and paraphernalia. I wouldn’t even be writing this if someone hadn’t thought of machines, which eventually lead to computers, which eventually lead to the Internet – and that, of course, wouldn’t even have been possible had someone not thought of scratching marks on a surface to record their thoughts all those years ago.
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.