A non-chronological report that describes scaffolding: what it is made from, how it has developed around the world from its earliest origins to the present day, and what it is used for. Maggie Freeman also meets a young scaffolder to discuss what the job entails.
Enjoy the hilarity and mischief amidst the mistaken identities, mixed messages and cross dressing in this wonderful retelling of William Shakespeare’s comedy play by Celia Rees. As all the characters get their wires crossed, and fall in love with the wrong people, time is running out to reveal their true identities before they head to the church!
Orphans Nicholas and Kate arrive in London to find help from their uncle, but his cold-hearted, cruel attitude sets the siblings on a course that will change their lives forever. Immerse yourself in this beautiful adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ best-known novels by Julie Berry.
An exhilarating ride with one of New Zealand’s foremost adventure photographers, Andy Belcher as he takes on the New Zealand Targa Rally against a variety of cars – from 1960s Austin Healeys and Ford Cortinas to the latest Ferraris. Wonderful photography supports Andy’s recount of the trials and tribulations of this exciting event.
A classic tale of the Irish legend Finn McCaul, as he strives to fulfil a challenge to free his jailed uncle. The question is, is it even humanly possible?! Find out in this non-stop, funny story of perseverance, imagination – and a bit of speed, written by the Canongate Prize winner Lari Don.
In the Iron Age over 3,000 forts were built on top of hills. Find out how hill forts were constructed, what they were used for, and what they tells us about the people who lived over 2,000 years ago. A fascinating look into a past world by Juliet Kerrigan.
Follow the trickery and antics of Hyena and Rabbit as they try to out-wit each other in this collection of hilarious traditional tales from West Africa.
These wonderful atmospheric folktales from the Ukraine and China, capture two different cultures, united in the presence of a dragon, who has the power to change all of their lives forever. Told here, by master storyteller Dawn Casey.
Meet Prospero and his daughter Miranda as they are shipwrecked on an island. As Prospero plans revenge on those that put them there, an unlikely alliance leads to an alternative outcome with acceptance, forgiveness, friendship and marriage at the heart. Discover one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays in this gripping retelling by John Dougherty.
Get to know one of literature’s most famous couples, as they meet, fall in love, marry in secret and are then cruelly separated. A love story at its heart, this is also a tale of rivalry, revenge and bitter resentment. Get to know one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in this wonderful and engaging retelling.
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Rediscover the wonderful story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz, with new friends the Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman, as they come up against good witches and wicked witches in their quest to find the Wizard, who promises to save them all in very different ways. Will Dorothy ever find the way home? Find out in this gripping retelling by Abie Longstaff.
Princess Sabra has a simple happy life until her kingdom is attacked by a fierce, fire-breathing dragon. As she struggles to find a way of saving the land and the people, there appears only one answer and one very high cost…Can the strange soldier who appears be the only one who can rescue her and save her kingdom from the mighty beast?
Find out all about the creation of the Roman Empire, and the leader, lawyer and warrior who established it and built such a powerful kingdom. Seizing land and power Caesar became dictator before he met with a brutal end in 44BCE, though not before he’d made his mark. Brave hero or ferocious tyrant – you decide.
Janet Foxley spins a new take on the familiar classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Be prepared for some unexpected twists and turns as Ruby-Rose sets out into the forest with a basket of food for her grandmother, and as the light fades and things get peculiar, this ripping retelling feels more menacing than ever before!
Discover these two creepy, ghostly stories originally written by Charles Dickens, retold here by Penny Dolan. In ‘The Signalman’ messages warn of horrors to come, but will they be understood before it’s too late? And in ‘The Face on the Train’ a chance meeting inspires an artist to draw a portrait, but was the encounter chance after all?
Find out all about one of the worlds’ toughest running challenges, as racers compete for 28 days covering a distance of over 1,000 kilometres in some of the wildest and loneliest places on Earth, in the ultimate endurance event.
Travel back in time 2,000 years to when the Iron Age Celtic tribes migrated to Britain. Find out what Britain was like before their arrival, how they set up their communities and what life was like for them as they built and defended their homes, fought, farmed and celebrated their culture.
Find out about the lives of these two queens, joined together by their family bond, but with hugely different beliefs. Discover what early life was like for Princesses Mary and Elizabeth under the turbulent rule of their father Henry VIII, how they got on with each other and their individual reigns in this fascinating dual biography.
A brand new Alice for children today to enjoy, beautifully retold and illustrated by multi-award-winning author Emma Chichester Clark, which captures the original tale faithfully and loyally but with makes it accessible for a whole new generation.
A gripping and moving retelling of this poem written originally in the eighteenth century by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It tells the story of the Ancient Mariner and his adventures at sea, where tragedy strikes, more than once and he is ultimately saved – against the odds, teaching him the importance of humanity and humility.
Find out all about two ground breaking figures in medicine – Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garret Anderson, two women who fought to become doctors in the early 1800s. What was life like for women in the early nineteenth century, what obstacles did both women come up against and ultimately how did they succeed?