Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter-themed garden party April 10 benefits library system

Celebrate beloved author Beatrix Potter at a themed garden party Sunday, April 10, hosted by the Llano County Library System Foundation. The event, which is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive in Llano, will raise money for an endowment fund benefiting the county’s library system.
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The New Yorker

The Secret Life of Beatrix Potter

Many teen-agers will go to great lengths to keep their diaries private—I kept a little key for mine in a wooden jewelry box, which I guarded jealously—but the children’s book author Beatrix Potter took it to an extreme. Between the ages of fourteen and thirty, she fastidiously recorded observations about her stiff Victorian world in several journals. Her parents, descendants of wealthy cotton merchants in the North of England, were rich and exceedingly proper. Perhaps to protect her work, Potter wrote in a minuscule handwriting using a code that only she could understand. Her journals remained a mystery until 1958, when a collector, searching through them, identified a passing reference to Louis XVI, and then painstakingly decoded years’ worth of Potter’s innermost thoughts. (Fans are nosy, too).
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Milton Daily Standard

Museum to host Beatrix Potter portrayer

WILLIAMSPORT — Meg Geffken, who portrays "Peter Rabbit" creator Beatrix Potter, will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Born in July 1866 to an upper middle class family, Potter was educated...

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, V&A, review: proof there was more to the author than cute bunnies

It’s a truth universally whispered among parents – yet rarely publicly acknowledged – that Beatrix Potter was not very good at telling stories. Her sentences are awkward and knotty. The plots go on and on. The Tale of Peter Rabbit has all the requisite tension and jeopardy, but Squirrel Nutkin is interminable. And if anyone has ever got to the end of Pigling Bland, do let me know.

So, you thought Beatrix Potter was whimsical?

Her name is synonymous with illustrated stories of anthropomorphic animals: a rabbit who steals lettuces, French beans and radishes from a curmudgeonly Scots gardener, a hedgehog laundress and a well-dressed frog who has an accident with a stickleback out fishing. Somewhere in the world, it has been estimated, someone buys a copy of one of what Beatrix Potter called her “little books” every 15 seconds.

For sale: a £5m Lake District home inspired by picnics with Beatrix Potter

"Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter," wrote Helen Beatrix Potter in 1901. The tale of a mischievous rabbit and his three siblings would shape the childhoods of generations to come. The writer took inspiration for her books, full of the adventures of countryside creatures, from the rolling hills of the Lake District, where she ultimately lived and dedicated her life to its preservation.

Penelope Lively: ‘Beatrix Potter seemed so exotic, unlike my world of palm trees’

Beatrix Potter, of course. That wonderful, uncompromising prose: “The dinner was of eight courses; not much of anything, but truly elegant”, “the lettuces had been so soporific”, “the dignity and repose of the tea party”. I was in the house where I grew up, outside Cairo, in Egypt. I had never been to England, so Potter’s verdant backdrop of gardens and cottages, in those incomparable illustrations, was exotic and alluring, so unlike my own humdrum world of palm trees, donkeys and camels.

How Beatrix Potter and a fear of open water inspired the surreal, Limbo-like horror puzzler Silt

"I have a phobia of animal suits, and I have done my entire life," says surreal artist and Spiral Circus' co-founder Tom Mead. I'm listening to him talk about the making of his latest game, Silt, at EGX 2021. First announced at the PC Gaming Show earlier in the year, Silt is a surreal 2D puzzle game in which you play a mysterious diver who can project their soul through the window of their diving helmet to possess nearby fish. Piranhas can chomp through chains and ropes, for example, while hammerhead sharks can help bash crumbling walls to create new pathways. Hand drawn by Mead using a simplified version of his signature cross hatching and fineliner penmanship, Silt instantly calls to mind the likes of Limbo and Inside. And yet the origins of this strange, watery tale stem from a far more innocuous source of inspiration.

Former Lake District home of Beatrix Potter now available to rent

Beatrix Potter's former Lake District home is now available to rent in Ambleside, Cumbria, on behalf of the National Trust. Castle Cottage is a charming Grade II listed property where the famous children's author lived after her marriage to solicitor William Heelis in 1913. Sitting in a secluded corner of the quaint village of Near Sawrey, the property has five homely bedrooms, three bathrooms and an extension with French windows — designed by Beatrix herself.

Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Returning Live

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, a seasonal rite of passage for countless Chicago toddlers and their parents, returns to Chicago Children's Theatre November 20-December 24, marking the return of live performances at Chicago's largest professional theater devoted to children and families. Now in its seventh year, Chicago Children's Theatre's...

Beatrix Potter Puppet Show Coming To Falmouth Art Center

Preschoolers are the perfect age to enjoy a puppet show being performed at Falmouth Art Center on Saturday, October 2, at 10 AM. Award-winning puppeteer Kerry Burke-Mackenzie will present “A Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding: A Tale by Beatrix Potter.”. The show is scheduled to last 35...
Time Out Global

A Beatrix Potter exhibition is coming to the V&A

Jemima Puddle-Duck. Benjamin Bunny. Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter is best known for her illustrative children’s books of nicely-named animals, but she was a woman of many talents. As well as being a respected natural scientist, she was also a farmer and conservationist in the Lake District. You can learn about...

How Beloved Children's Author Beatrix Potter Became One of the Great Land Conservationists of the 20th Century

The anthropomorphic characters of Beatrix Potter's world have an undeniable, irresistible charm. Rendered in whimsical yet sophisticated detail and characterized by forgivable foolishness, childlike silliness, and plenty of naughtiness, Potter's depiction of English countryside wildlife appeals to children and adults alike. It seems only fitting that the origins of one of the most successful literary franchises of all time would have sprung from the imagination of a woman whose only childhood friends were her pets and who grew up to be one of the greatest conservationists of the 20th century.