It’s now twenty years since parents started reading The Gruffalo to their children and Julia Donaldson’s loveable monster has certainly stood the test of time. Since the release of the children’s book there has been a stageshow, follow on books and even various themed woodland events in the UK and now to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the book’s launch, there’s to be a Gruffalo 50p piece launched next week.
The Royal Mint is keeping fairly tight lipped about the coin, and so we don’t know yet what it will look like but we assume it’s likely to feature the monster, and possibly the mouse who bravely stands up to him.
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— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) February 13, 2019
The books were illustrated by Alex Scheffler so if the coin features the creature, it’s his illustrations that are likely to end up on the coins.
In recent years we’ve seen a collection of Beatrix Potter coins, and this year is to bring Shakespeare coins, Samuel Pepys coins and even Sherlock Holmes coins. This 50p will join them to be some of the most collectable coins of the year.
Those in the UK should look out for the coins in their change, but for those overseas who would like to collect the coins, they are available to purchase from the Royal Mint website.
Last week Women’s Prize For Fiction announced they were launching a brand new podcast, “championing the very best writing by women from around the world”, so I grabbed my headphones, hit the subscribe button and had a listen.
27-year-old Ashley Jost from Missouri, USA, picked up the copy of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis while on a shopping trip in Target. Ashley grabbed a copy of the self-help book after remembering a reading challenge she signed up for with her friends.
Ashley started reading as soon as she got home and didn’t discover the surprise until she was interrupted:
“My dog started barking so I got up from reading and threw the book down on the ottoman when suddenly a five dollar note fell out. I knew it wasn’t mine so I thumbed through the pages and saw a pink post-it stuck to one.”
JK Rowling’s incredible legacy of the Harry Potter universe has been adopted by people all over the world- many of whom have had their Hogwarts school house assigned by Pottermore.
Each fan/student is assigned a house that fits their personality: Slytherin for the cunning and ambitious, Gryffindor for brave and athletic, Hufflepuff for the loyal and humble, and Ravenclaw for the smart and creative.
Shoe company, Vans, have recently revealed the first look at their collaboration with the world of Harry Potter with each shoe design based on each Hogwarts house aesthetic.
Check out the new designs below!
David MacKay, the first ever Scottish space pilot, received the Ladybird book as a child for good attendance at Sunday School. Growing up in the historic Highland county of Sutherland, MacKay’s dreams of flying were first inspired by the local Royal Naval Air Station (now RAF Lossiemouth). Watching the planes flying low over his village of Helmsdale, MacKay would dream of flying and travelling the world. The Apollo missions happening around the same time, MacKay’s daydreaming and wanderlust soon took a look skywards; once he was handed the Exploring Space book, MacKay knew what he wanted to do.
The Scottish spaceman’s high-flying career started when studying aeronautical engineering at the University of Glasgow in 1977. He spent 16 years as a military pilot and after the RAF he flew passenger crafts before joining Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and joined the commercial space race.
These literary works are an incredibly small, yet important sampling, of world travel in literature. Through books, authors (and poets) are able to capture cultural differences, landscapes and experiences that people wouldn’t even dream existed. Books transport us to another place and time. Books are a way to armchair travel.