Unseen Winnie the Pooh Sketches Released

By September 5, 2017Children's Literature, Video

It’s an exciting time for the little bear who loves hunny! A brand new film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is due for release and now BBC Radio 4 has released some unseen sketches of Winnie the Pooh showing how the first book came to fruition.

As the video explains, in the first sketches Pooh was considered to be a grumpy looking figure, which meant the whole thing just didn’t work. In the end, Milne took inspiration from the real Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, creating the first sketches of the bear we can all recognise on sight.

Possibly the most interesting thing about the video is the fact that Winnie the Pooh was the first children’s book to lay text alongside the illustrations for that page, and it’s this that Milne said contributed to the book’s success. Almost all children’s books are written this way today, but Winnie the Pooh was the groundbreaking book that changed all of this.

The illustrations are fascinating and give a real insight into the creation of ‘Pooh Bear’. Watch the video below and see for yourself.

A Wrinkle in Time: Release Date and New Trailer

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A few months ago Disney announced that they’d be adapting the classic sci-fi A Wrinkle in Time and released a small first trailer to give a taste of what was to come. All we knew at that point was that the film was marked for a spring 2018 release but this week, Disney have released a first trailer for the movie, and we have a release date too!

If you are beyond excited, and don’t have the advantage of being able to create A Wrinkle in Time then you’ll have to wait a little while yet, March 9th is the release date for cinemas. Read More

First Look at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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As someone who has spend her Harry Potterdom wishing she could find out more about young Dumbledore and his relationship with Grindelwald, I couldn’t be more excited about the next installation in the Fantastic Beasts franchise!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t expected for release until 2018, but the first teaser is out today! We can expect a screenplay in book format to follow soon after, as happened with the first film, and while I’m sad at the switch from book to movie, it won’t stop me watching this! Read More

5 Of Our Favourite Button Poetry Performances

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I first came across Button Poetry on Facebook. with almost 1.5 million followers on that social media platform alone they are proving to have worldwide appeal.

Based in Minnesota, the Button Poetry organisation is dedicated to bringing us performance poetry from a host of talented poets. Some of the poets tug at your heart, while others make you laugh at their clever commentary and witty prose. Even if you are not a fan of poetry, performance poetry is more accessible, inclusive, and exciting than you would imagine.

We have picked out 5 of our favourites- a tiny fraction of what is on offer- and implore you to check out some more on their YouTube channel, or via Facebook.

Content warning: Strong language and intense themes.

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Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen (Read by Christopher Eccleston)

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Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (18th March 1893 – 4th November 1918) was an English poet and soldier and one of the most well known poets of the First World War. He spoke of the horrors of trenches and gas warfare, bringing his experiences to life, in stark contrast to the popular propaganda of the ‘Glorious War’ spreading around at the time.

Owen was killed in action on 4th November 1918 during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal exactly one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the war. Because of his death, much of his work was published posthumously. Read More

Philip K. Dick: From Book to Film – A Video Essay

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Philip K. Dick December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982 was an American writer notable for his works of science fiction where his writing is dominated by authoritarian themes, alternate universes and altered states of consciousness, many of which have been adapted for film and television.

His work has spanned many decades, and you can often age people by what they know him for. In the early 80s when the movie adaptation was released, we all passed around copies of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, today The Man in the High Castle is big news thanks to Amazon. Read More



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