Bampton Children’s Literary Afternoon

Published on Saturday, May 18th, 2024

For anyone in the Bampton, Oxfordshire area, all are welcome at Bampton Children’s Literary Afternoon today, 18th May from 2pm – 5pm. There will be a fun-packed afternoon of child-focused book talks and activities, and Liz Rose, Dick’s younger daughter will be reading some stories throughout the day. Join her at Bampton Primary School!

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London Zoo, 1928

Published on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

In 1928, when he was 6 years old, Dick was taken to London Zoo by his parents. He drew some pictures of the animals he saw there, including Ranji the tigon (a tiger crossed with a lion), Cleopatra the python, Sam the black-maned lion and Peter Pan the baby alligator. He also drew this rather […]

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Hungerford Primary School

Published on Thursday, March 28th, 2024

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 […]

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Dick’s Birthday

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

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.

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Read Me A Story

Published on Monday, February 26th, 2024

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 […]

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That’ll Do Pig

Published on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

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 […]

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School Visits

Published on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Over the years, Dick visited a great many schools. He really enjoyed reading some of his stories to the children, answering their questions and giving away some of his books for their libraries. Although we no longer have Dick, Dick’s family have carried on this tradition, with Dick’s son Giles King-Smith, elder daughter Juliet King-Smith, […]

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Batts School In Witney

Published on Saturday, November 11th, 2023

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 […]

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Discover Children’s Story Centre

Published on Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

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 […]

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Two Little Piglets Visit The Cinema

Published on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

A few weeks ago, two little pigs from Kew Little Pigs Farm in Amersham, Buckinghamshire attended a special cinema screening of Babe at The Garden Cinema in London’s Covent Garden. Based on Dick’s story The Sheep-Pig, Babe tells the tale of a piglet who learned to herd sheep, and through hard work and politeness, wins […]

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