New story-telling installation at Brighton shopping centre

Beth Shenton and Anil Kutlu listen to Beauty and the Beast
Beth Shenton and Anil Kutlu listen to Beauty and the Beast

An interactive display at Churchill Square offers children the chance to listen to some of their favourite classic stories.

The ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ display covers the former BHS hoarding inside Brighton’s shopping centre, and features a series of vinyls designed to look like a collection of books. Six of the books are actually interactive ‘pods’, with each one hooked up to a pair of headphones giving children the chance to listen to a short snippet of the classic tale.

Sisters Iris and Nora at the new audio display

Sisters Iris and Nora at the new audio display

“We are so excited to be bringing this new interactive display to the centre,” said Mark Buchanan-Smith, centre director of Churchill Square. “It is a fantastic way for us to engage with our younger shoppers, and we are thrilled that we have been able to develop an exciting and stimulating space that is also very appealing to look at.”

The selection of children’s stories available to listen to includes Alice In Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Wind in the Willows and The Little Prince. Each audio will run for up to 15 seconds so children will be able to enjoy a snapshot of some of their favourite stories.

“We hope this will be a real highlight for young visitors to the shopping centre. As well as being visually pleasing to our customers, the display adds an educational element as youngsters can indulge is some of the finest children’s literature. From Beatrix Potter to Lewis Carroll, we have carefully selected the books to provide a fantastic selection of some of the country’s best children’s authors,” said Mr Buchanan-Smith.

The audio book display can be found in the lower mall of Churchill Square Shopping Centre next to WH Smiths.

The new interactive display at Churchill Square

The new interactive display at Churchill Square