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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Follow Your Nose!

Published on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023

Follow your nose to the special Dick King-Smith afternoon! This year marks the centenary of Dick King-Smith’s birth, and to celebrate, there will be a talk on Sunday 26th March at St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire. Two of Dick’s children, Liz and Giles as well as Dick’s great granddaughter Josie Rogers, will be there to […]

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Ambrose Follows His Nose Paperback Edition!

Published on Friday, March 10th, 2023

An exciting new paperback edition in celebration of the centenary of Dick King-Smith’s birth, Ambrose Follows His Nose is a funny and poignant animal story which was recently discovered in Dick’s daughter’s attic and was completed by his great granddaughter, Josie Rogers. Ambrose may seem like an ordinary rabbit but he has the most extraordinary […]

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The Sheep-Pig 40th Anniversary Edition!

Published on Friday, March 10th, 2023

This wonderful NEW 40th anniversary edition of The Sheep-Pig comes with a delightful introduction by Michael Morpurgo. The Sheep-Pig is one of Dick King-Smith’s most famous tales. It shot to further fame when the film adaptation, Babe, was released in 1995. ‘Why can’t I learn to be a Sheep-Pig?’ When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, […]

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Dick King-Smith Family Activity Day

Published on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

Gloucester Cathedral and the King-Smith family are delighted to invite you all to a day of celebration marking Dick King-Smith’s centenary year. We would love you all to join us on Saturday 11th March 2023. Dick King-Smith is most famous for writing ‘The Sheep-Pig’, the novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film, ‘Babe’. His other heart-warming […]

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Wilfred Reborn!

Published on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

Having been given to Dick when he was an infant, and present throughout his life, Wilfred was looking a bit worn and tired after about 100 years of life! Thanks to the brilliant Teddy Bear Ladies Julie and Amanda from the BBC’s The Repair Shop programme, Wilfred has been repaired and rejuvenated, and looks like […]

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The Repair Shop On BBC One

Published on Monday, January 9th, 2023

This Tuesday 10th January, 2023, Dick’s daughter Juliet features on the BBC’s The Repair Shop with Dick’s childhood toy! Juliet came to the workshop hoping that they can repair her father’s stuffed rabbit Wilfred, who was given to Dick when he was a very small boy. After nearly a century of life, most of it […]

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The Really Wild Reading Festival

Published on Friday, December 9th, 2022

Hi everyone! My name’s Josie and I’m one of Dick’s great-grandchildren. I’m also the co-author of his latest book, Ambrose Follows His Nose, which he began writing in the 1980s and abandoned before it was finished. My gran Liz, Dick’s younger daughter, found the manuscript after his death and, to cut a long story short, […]

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Magic Stories

Published on Thursday, October 20th, 2022

Puffin presents a collection of magical stories from master storyteller, Dick King-Smith. Magic Stories is a collection of exciting audiobook stories includes The Magic Carpet Slippers, Uncle Bumpo, Philibert the First and The Ghost at Codlin Castle. It is out now.

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