Hungerford Primary School
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by Charles Hurst
3w ago
When I was 10, Dick King-Smith, my great grandfather, came to visit my school! It wasn’t long after we had moved from London to a tiny village on the west coast of Scotland—it was the first time Grampa Dick visited us in Ardfern, and was in fact the only time he made the long journey north before he passed away a few years later. My whole school only had about thirty pupils, so it was what you might call an intimate gig for him. He read to us, told us about his life and his writing, probably made some silly jokes, and answered our questions. He did many school visits during his career, includi ..read more
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Dick’s Birthday
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by Charles Hurst
3w ago
102 years ago today, on 27th March 1922, Dick King-Smith was born in Bitton, Gloucestershire. Here he is, at home, with Dodo the Dachshund. The post Dick’s Birthday appeared first on Dick King-Smith ..read more
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Read Me A Story
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by Charles Hurst
2M ago
Being read to is a great pleasure, whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between! Did you know that well over 50 of Dick’s stories are available as audiobooks? Some stories may be familiar to you, and some might not! The stories are read by some brilliant actors, such as Andrew Sachs, June Whitfield and Jane Asher. On the Google Play Books YouTube Channel, you can listen to a 10-15 minute sample of all of Dick’s audiobook stories for free!   The post Read Me A Story appeared first on Dick King-Smith ..read more
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That’ll Do Pig
Dick King-Smith Blog
by Charles Hurst
3M ago
Did you know that the film Babe, based on Dick King-Smith’s story The Sheep-Pig was nominated for an amazing 7 Academy Awards (Oscars)?! Released in 1995, the film received widespread critical acclaim and is still fondly remembered by many. The seven Academy Awards that Babe was nominated for were Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for James Cromwell, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Art Direction and Best Film Editing. It won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, effects which still look great to this day! Who doesn’t love to watch ..read more
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Batts School In Witney
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by Charles Hurst
5M ago
A report by Dick’s son Giles King-Smith: On October 18th I visited the Batts School in Witney, Oxfordshire, at the invitation of Jane Woodage, who teaches there, and who (quite a long time ago) used to babysit our children in Corsham. It was a lovely visit, to talk about my Dad, and about “Ambrose Follows His Nose” and Josie Rogers (who finished Dick’s unfinished story), and to read from his books. The photo shows me walking across the stage, in a very poor impersonation of Max as he crosses the road, just before he is hit on the head and becomes a Hodgeheg. I should have crawled! We had a ses ..read more
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Discover Children’s Story Centre
Dick King-Smith Blog
by Charles Hurst
6M ago
A little while ago, Dick’s great-granddaughter Josie Rogers travelled to London for a special event. Here is her report on the visit… “The Discover Children’s Story Centre is in Stratford, not so far from where I was born. It’s exactly the kind of place I would have loved as a child, with different rooms representing different story worlds, books galore, and lots of sensory play for younger children. I was very excited to come and do an event here during the summer holidays. It was great to introduce Dick’s books to a younger crowd, with many of the parents in the room being big fans of books ..read more
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Burford Literary Festival
Dick King-Smith Blog
by Charles Hurst
7M ago
A few weeks ago, Dick’s son Giles went to Burford Literary Festival to talk about his dad. Here’s his report – It was great to be invited to take part in the Burford Literary Festival, organised by Kim Harvey of the excellent Mad Hatter Bookshop. The picture shows me talking about Dick to children from Burford Primary School and Southrop School – a really enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of kids, many of whom had read several DKS titles. They were particularly interested to learn about “Ambrose Follows His Nose“, and I left copies of “Ambrose” (paperback edition signed by Dick’s co-author ..read more
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Bath Children’s Literature Festival
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by Charles Hurst
7M ago
What happens when an ordinary rabbit has an extra-ordinary sense of smell? Join Josie Rogers at Bath Children’s Literature Festival to hear how she completed Ambrose Follows His Nose, a story started (but never finished) by her great-grandfather, Dick King-Smith! Book your ticket now! And that’s not all! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dick King-Smith’s beloved tale, The Sheep Pig, Josie will be at The Little Theatre Cinema in Bath to introduce a screening of the Academy Award-winning film Babe, the much-loved film adaptation. 1st October 2023, 11am to 12.30pm. Grab your tickets here!&nbs ..read more
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Mitchell Library Visit
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by Charles Hurst
7M ago
Hello, Josie here again – one of Dick’s great-grandchildren and also the co-author of Ambrose Follows His Nose. Part of the reason I was asked to work on Ambrose by our family was my background in English literature and creative writing, which I studied at Glasgow University. While I was studying, I used to spend a lot of time in the beautiful, ornate Mitchell Library, which sits on the edge of the West end. (I also did my interview with Newsround at the Mitchell library back in 2022, which you can watch here!) I love libraries. They feel safe and familiar, and I like to people watch – there a ..read more
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