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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Burford Literary Festival

Published on Friday, October 6th, 2023

A few weeks ago, Dick’s son Giles went to Burford Literary Festival to talk about his dad. Here’s his report – It was great to be invited to take part in the Burford Literary Festival, organised by Kim Harvey of the excellent Mad Hatter Bookshop. The picture shows me talking about Dick to children from […]

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Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Published on Thursday, September 28th, 2023

What happens when an ordinary rabbit has an extra-ordinary sense of smell? Join Josie Rogers at Bath Children’s Literature Festival to hear how she completed Ambrose Follows His Nose, a story started (but never finished) by her great-grandfather, Dick King-Smith! Book your ticket now! And that’s not all! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dick […]

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Mitchell Library Visit

Published on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023

Hello, Josie here again – one of Dick’s great-grandchildren and also the co-author of Ambrose Follows His Nose. Part of the reason I was asked to work on Ambrose by our family was my background in English literature and creative writing, which I studied at Glasgow University. While I was studying, I used to spend […]

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Foreign Language Translations

Published on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023

Did you know that there are over 7,100 different languages spoken across the world? Amazing, isn’t it? Dick’s books have been translated into 37 of them. Can you work out which language these book covers are written in, and can you guess which of Dick’s books they are? See if you can work it out, […]

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Josie Rogers – Ambrose Follows His Nose

Published on Monday, May 29th, 2023

If you live in or near Glasgow, we invite you to join Josie Rogers, co-author of Ambrose Follows His Nose, the magical story of an ordinary rabbit with an extraordinary sense of smell! Ambrose Follows His Nose was an unfinished story started by Josie’s great-grandfather – none other than Dick King-Smith, the Master of Animal […]

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Tales Of Adventurous Children

Published on Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Puffin presents seven stories, in audio for the first time, from master storyteller Dick King-Smith. Tales Of Adventurous Children includes seven fantastic audiobook stories: Connie and Rolo, Warlock Watson, Bobby the Bad, Dragon Boy, What Sadie Saw, Treasure Trove and Back to Front Benjy. It is out now!

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Babe Movie Star Imitates Art By Saving Piglet

Published on Thursday, April 13th, 2023

Babe star James Cromwell, who starred as Farmer Hoggett in the blockbuster film, recently rescued a piglet and gave it a perfect name. Based on Dick King-Smith’s 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, Babe centres on a special pig who wishes to perform the duties of a sheepdog. “Having had the privilege of witnessing and experiencing pigs’ […]

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Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Bampton

Published on Friday, March 31st, 2023

Right at the end of Dick King-Smith’s Centenary Year, a special fund-raiser for St. Mary’s Church, Bampton brought together Josie Rogers (Dick’s co-author of “Ambrose Follows His Nose”), and two of Dick’s children, Liz (a long-time Bampton resident) and Giles, for an afternoon presentation of Dick’s life and career, with readings and a Q&A. Josie, […]

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Mary Rayner

Published on Friday, March 24th, 2023

The King-Smith family are saddened to hear the news about Mary Rayner, who has died aged 89. Mary was a brilliant writer and illustrator, who did sterling work on some of Dick’s early stories Daggie Dogfoot (1980), Magnus Powermouse (1982) and The Sheep-Pig (1983). One of her most memorable books was the brilliant Mr and […]

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