2011 has been an incredible year, taking me from New York schools to the mountains of Peru and the snowy streets of Helsinki. I’ve been privileged to work with Australia’s great early literacy scheme Paint the Town REaD, and meet incredible writers, performers, storytellers, literacy and education professionals from around the world.
There’ll be a full review of the year closer to the end of this month, but in the meantime here’s two great Christmas stories about hope in the face of entropy.
In the Late December by the great Greg van Eekhout takes Santa into a far-flung future where the spirit of Christmas generosity must face the all-consuming Big Empty.
And from 2009, Paul Cornell’s story The Last Doctor imagines the hero of BBC TV’s Doctor Who facing the ultimate decay of our universe over the course of the last ever Christmas.
Both grand and festive stories to see us through the holiday season.
Merry Christmas all!