Nancy Blackett in “Country Life”: We Did Mean to Go to Sea

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The wonders of the Suffolk coast

Born in Woodbridge, Julia Jones has spent her life influenced by the people and places dotted along the shifting coastline between Lowestoft and the Blackwater. Her Strong Winds books – ostensibly for older children, but actually of equal appeal to adult readers – are both a homage to and a twenty-first century expression of the sense of exploration inherent in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series. Continue reading The wonders of the Suffolk coast

Feel inspired to get your children back in to reading after BBC tribute to the Lake District

As part of their #LoveToRead campaign the BBC visited the Lake District to explore the landscape that has provided inspiration for some of the best-loved children’s authors of all time. Gabrielle Rowley caught up with TV presenter Simon O’Brien to find out more about the Books That Made Britain documentary. Continue reading Feel inspired to get your children back in to reading after BBC tribute to the Lake District

‘A time of innocence’ – Virginia McKenna on making Swallows and Amazons – The Telegraph

Virginia McKenna, the star of the 1974 adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, fondly remembers making the Vintage Classic on location in the Lake District. It was 43 years ago when Claude Watham, the director of the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons, asked if I’d like to play the part of Mrs Walker… Continue reading ‘A time of innocence’ – Virginia McKenna on making Swallows and Amazons – The Telegraph

‘Sitting in front of the same black and white notes as Beethoven and Wagner is terrifying’ – we talk to top film composer Ilan Eshkeri – Classic FM

Ilan Eshkeri has written music for blockbusters including Stardust and Still Alive. His latest soundtrack is for the film Swallows and Amazons – we asked him to introduce the music, play some clips and tell us how he overcomes the fear of the blank page… Continue reading ‘Sitting in front of the same black and white notes as Beethoven and Wagner is terrifying’ – we talk to top film composer Ilan Eshkeri – Classic FM