WHAT a great endorsement of our city’s children the Oxford University Word list was.
Clearly the imagination of our youngsters is still thriving, despite living in such a digital age.
Words such as queen, enemy, treasure, and flame reveal our children are still interested in fairytales and adventures.
At a time when there are so many distractions from storytelling, it is reassuring these enduring themes have prevailed.
Only one word in the list reflected the digital resources that surround children – “computer.”
With such a literary history, we can be optimistic the next generation of authors will continue to let their imaginations run free.
Perhaps among those storytellers who took part in the BBC Radio 2 competition will be a future Man Booker winner.