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Writing about war for children – from Winnie the Pooh to Flo of the Somme

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There are no trenches in One Hundred Acre Wood.  And there weren’t any one hundred years ago either. Yet what better way is there to introduce children to the centenary commemorations of World War 1, than via the medium of children’s literature and animals? Few know that Winnie the Pooh’s world was born in war. Even this year’s Passchendaele centenary has a connection to the classic. Not only do the Winnie’s roots lie in one of the bloodiest conflicts in history, but the long-loved character was based on a real bear cub. Yet far from diets of sticky honey in […]

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PDSA Competition

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Hilary Robinson helps to launch PDSA Writing Competition – and Flo of the Somme is part of the prize! The UK’s leading veterinary charity, the PDSA, has launched its annual Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. Hilary has teamed up with the charity to write the beginning, middle and end of a story called ‘Buddy Saves The Day’ – and it’s up to young people to write the rest! The winner will receive a set of signed books including Flo of the Somme, an Amazon Kindle and an opportunity to meet Hilary herself at one of the PDSA […]

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A Song For Will

A Song For Will

A special, limited edition hardback print run of ‘A Song For Will’ – The Lost Gardeners of Heligan is published this month. Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey worked closely with The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall to produce a deeply moving, highly illustrated story for children and young adults. It tells of the gardeners and outdoor staff who enlisted after the outbreak of World War 1 and focuses on the military service of stone mason, Fred Paynter, and gardener, William Guy. Today the gardens at Heligan are a major tourist attraction and memorial to their staff that didn’t return […]

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“Barry Humphries Musical Masterpieces” review

Newspaper snippet from The Telegraph's Top 30 Artistic Triumphs

We are delighted to announce that our series “Barry Humphries Musical Masterpieces” was one of only two radio programmes included in The Telegraph’s “Top 30 Artistic Triumphs” of 2016.