Spotlight on real life characters behind Arthur Ransome’s fictional Swallows

Arthur Ransome and his Russian wife Evgenia met up with Dora and Ernest and rekindled their friendship. Arthur and Ernest went off to Barrow and bought Ernest’s children two 14-feet dinghies, which were to become the catalyst for Swallows and Amazons .”. Continue reading Spotlight on real life characters behind Arthur Ransome’s fictional Swallows

The 80th Anniversary Marathon Reading of “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”

Arthur Ransome’s “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea” is absolutely key to both our own purpose in the Nancy Blackett Trust and his period in Suffolk during which it was written – so what better way to conclude the summer of Ransome activities on the Shotley peninsula than an event that puts the book itself centre-stage, 80 years after its publication? Continue reading The 80th Anniversary Marathon Reading of “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”

Arthur Ransome fans gather on shore of Coniston Water for marathon reading of Swallows and Amazons

A LITERARY marathon was completed on the shore of Coniston when a team of enthusiasts read all 31 chapters of the children’s classic story, Swallows and Amazons . The novel event brought to an end a summer of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary … Continue reading Arthur Ransome fans gather on shore of Coniston Water for marathon reading of Swallows and Amazons