‘Seasons of Stories: Winter’ Book and Audiobook

Winter for many is a time to slow down, conserve energy and plan for spring’s arrival, but if we look closely, we see buds on trees slowly begin to swell, and the first roots of snowdrops and bluebells take hold in the moist soil. Worms travel deeper in the warmth of the soil, mammals snuggle together, and birds migrate.

Relax through these chapters of winter told through story, poetry, images and traditions, and enjoy how they make you feel, what they remind you of and any conversations or thoughts that open and unfold.

You can enjoy the Winter book in many ways:

Winter trees (c)Tony Gill

View the Winter book

Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks?

For the first time since the release of the Seasons of Stories series, these inspiring seasonal books are also available as an immersive audiobook. The content of the books will be performed back to you by the Dorset based authors themselves, made up of storyteller Martin Maudsley, and landscape poet Sarah Acton, with professionally crafted sound effects to bring the creative writing to life wherever you find yourself listening to it. Below you will find the individual chapters as well as the whole audiobook to listen to.


Introduction to Winter.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1 of the Winter book is about returns.

Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of the Winter book covers skeletons!

Chapter 3

Chapter 3 of the Winter book takes the theme of hibernation.

Chapter 4

Chapter 4 of the Winter book looks at community.

Chapter 5

Chapter 5 of the Winter book explores darkness.

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 is the final chapter of the Winter book and samples wassailing!

Whole book

Listen to the whole book in one!

“WoW!!! I never expected it to be so beautiful, the illustrations and poems are so beautiful, and I love the leaves on the inside. It’s given me a lot of pleasure as a carer and made me feel like I was walking through the woods.”

- Feedback from recipient of the previous Autumn seasonal book


This book and audiobook were created by Sarah Acton (poet), Martin Maudsley (storyteller), Tom Hughes (audio) and Spike Golding (designer) in partnership with the Stepping into Nature team and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Photo of winter trees at the top of this page (C)Tony Gill and sunset trees at Warden Hill (C) Graham Herbert, via the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Winter Audiobook additional credits: Written and narrated by Martin Maudsley and Sarah Acton. Produced, recorded and edited, plus extra narration and music by Tom Hughes. Recorded at Eype Centre for the Arts. Spoken word and questions answered by Rosie Aburrow, Ray Grantham, Katie Potter and May Hughes Bridport Community Orchard Wassailing song recorded by Rob Jayne Sound effects from FreeSound.org contributors: Robin recording by High Peak Emma Wind Blowing by Astounded Birdsong by Phil Brice Clockchime by Inspector J Wolf by y89312 Axe chopping by Cheney 777 and Idezem Fire by Kingsrow and Aiduxxx Digging by Ananad the Third and Mornedelport and Ali 6868 Opening trunk by Rodincoil Walking by Jankoehl Singer sewing machine by Juskiddink Donkey by Beskhu Ox by Ioka7

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