Winnie-the-Pooh: Gyles Brandreth in Conversation with Jane Riordan
Gyles Brandreth in Conversation with Jane Riordan
Originally published in the 1920s, the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, as told by A.A. Milne with E. H. Shepard’s iconic decorations, have brought joy to generations. The stories remain some of the best loved works in children’s fiction, with Winnie-the-Pooh named both the UK’s best-loved children’s book and favourite childhood book character.
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In honour of the 95th anniversary of Milne and Shepard’s stories, host Gyles Brandreth will be in conversation with Jane Riordan, author of the official new prequel Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear published by Farshore.
This timeless collection of new stories takes readers back to when Winnie-the-Pooh was first purchased from Harrods Toy department for baby Christopher Robin in August 1921. It imagines the ‘before stories’ of Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet for the first time, and offers readers the chance to meet the younger Christopher Robin previously only glimpsed in Milne’s poetry.
Featuring special guest readings and insights from Harrods archivists on the launch of Milne’s 1926 collection, this is an opportunity for fans of all ages to revisit treasured memories, as Gyles and Jane reminisce about their favourite moments from the original books and explore the challenges and pleasures of writing a prequel to Milne’s much-loved stories.