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

How poets and painters of the past put the Lake District on the map

…Then there were the icons of 20th century children’s literature. Writers including Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome – of Swallows and Amazons fame – brought the region to life for new generations in famous works that are still loved by children (and … Continue reading How poets and painters of the past put the Lake District on the map

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

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From Coniston to the Kremlin is absorbing chapter in the life of a fascinating fellow

From the Westmorland Gazette ARTHUR Ransome is best known as the author of Swallows and Amazons. The much-loved children’s series of books captured an idyllic childhood that was set mainly in the Furness fells and enchanting waters around Coniston – the author’s life-long spiritual home. However, in his autobiography, Ransome admits that he felt that he had lived through “snatches of a dozen lives.” One such period of Ransome’s life was lived between 1917 and 1924, from the Russian Revolutions until the death… Read the full story… Continue reading From Coniston to the Kremlin is absorbing chapter in the life of a fascinating fellow

Arthur Ransome at the Ruskin Museum, Coniston

The exhibition, From Coniston to the Kremlin: Arthur Ransome’s Russian Adventures opened at the Ruskin Museum, Coniston, on June 3rd, exploring Arthur Ransome’s involvement as a political reporter in Russia as the country went through the bloody transition from Tsarist state to what later became the Soviet Union. Continue reading Arthur Ransome at the Ruskin Museum, Coniston