Published on Sunday, July 29th, 2018
Dick King-Smith had many jobs before becoming a children’s author, including being a soldier, farmer, and primary school teacher.
He taught at Farmborough Church Primary School near Bath for seven years, a job he very much enjoyed. After he became an author, he would regularly visit the school to read stories and talk to the children.
Last month Dick’s eldest daughter Juliet and one of his grandsons, Charlie, were lucky enough to be invited to the school to read to the children and answer some of their questions. It was really lovely to share some of Dick’s books with the next generation. Charlie even read a few chapters from Friends and Brothers, a humorous book that Dick wrote about Charlie and his brother William that details their fractious but ultimately loving childhood relationship.
We’d like to thank all the staff and especially all the children for giving us such a warm welcome, for your time, and for the many scores of questions that we tried our best to answer.
A special mention must go to Delilah, a very talented pupil at the school who designed the lovely plaque dedicated to Dick’s time at Farmborough. Thanks Delilah!