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General topic / Pet Cemetery
« on: January 11, 2021, 06:13:14 PM »
For anyone interested, I have uploaded some photos of the Pet Cemetery in Hyde Park (adjacent to Kensington Gardens), which is mentioned in THe Little White Bird as the "Dog's Cemetery" , which the narrator (Barrie) avoids because of Porthos, his St Bernard.

You can see some of the graves from Bayswater Road but it's not open to passing public, as it's part of Victoria Lodge. If you want to visit it properly, you have to arrange an appointment with the Park Rangers (who will expect a donation for the tour).
Peter Pan / New Peter Pan audio adaptation on BBC at Christmas
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:52:02 AM »
The BBC is broadcasting a brand new play adaptation of Peter Pan this Christmas Eve, starring Kenneth Branagh (as Hook), Olivia Colman, Sharon D. Clarke, Jane Horrocks, Jason Flemyng and many more. It will also be available for download on 20 December. All proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Not to be missed!
JMBarrie / Roses in December
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:52:57 PM »
For those of you interested, here is the full text of the poem by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy, Roses in December, quoted in JMB's St Andrew's address Courage (and often misattributed to Barrie).

God gave His children memory
That in life's garden there might be
June roses in December.
But sin the Father's goodness scorns,
And weaves of them a crown of thorns,
That wounds when they remember.
Sharp, stabbing points of vain regret
Around my soul forever set,
Turn June into December.
Ah, Christ, Who wore my crown of thorns,
Have mercy on the heart that mourns,
Forgive, when I remember.

For more information on its author, see his Wikipedia page
JMBarrie / Various locations
« on: August 20, 2019, 01:28:23 PM »
Apart from Leinster Corner, I have also added to the database photos of various locations linked with JMB: Lilibank and Strathview in Kirriemuir, Victoria Terrace in Dumfries, Limepots in Forfar, Cudlow House in Rustington.

Also uploaded are photos of Mary Ansell's house in Biarritz where she lived until her death, and pictures of her grave in Biarritz's cemetery.
JMBarrie / Leinster Corner
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »
I have uploaded photos I took a few years ago of Leinster Corner, inside and out, with the then current owners' permission.

JMB and Mary Ansell moved to Leinster Corner, a now Grade II listed Regency semi-detached villa, in 1905 and lived there until their divorce in 1909. Mary Ansell had the walls of the rooms downstairs knocked down to create a large sitting room area, and installed a glass veranda overlooking the garden. The Art Nouveau fireplace came from Glasgow.

In the 1920s, the house was bought by Kathleen Bruce, widow of Captain Scott, and her second husband Edward Hilton Young (later Baron Kennet) and their descendants lived there until 2015, when it was sold after Lady Young's (Kathleen Young's daughter-in-law) death.  Peter Scott, the renowned ornithologist and conservationist, was brought up here. The house has since been refurbished and altered by the new owners.

Since the Young family no longer live there, I am able to share these photographs.

JMBarrie / Moat Brae, Dumfries
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:31:08 AM »
After years of fundraising and renovations, the beautiful Georgian house where Barrie played as a child is finally opening on 1st June 2019 as a Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling and a Barrie Museum. Its "enchanted garden" on the banks of the River Nith where, according to Barrie, Peter Pan was born, has been recreated as an adventure playground, complete with Pirate Ship, Mermaids' Lagoon, Wendy house, Tiger Lily's encampment, and lots more.

If you're travelling to Scotland this Summer, don't miss it!
JMBarrie / New production of Dear Brutus November 2017!
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:58:59 AM »
Southwark Theatre in London has just announced their new production of Dear Brutus, 29 November-30 December 2017.  From their website:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical."

More coverage about the announcement here:
JMBarrie / New J M Barrie Literary Society
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:07:16 AM »
A literary society dedicated to J M Barrie has been founded and will be launched officially on 9th of May, which is of course his birthday. See for more details.

Until now, there was no real Barrie Society so it's wonderful news. We hope many members will join and get involved, and that the society will flourish, both in the UK and internationally.

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