The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, with Kathryn Aalto

Join landscape designer, historian and writer Kathryn Aalto for a nostalgia, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children's literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex called Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, with Kathryn Aalto

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Join landscape designer, historian and writer Kathryn Aalto for a nostalgia, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex called Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. From underground homes to the tops of trees, and from floody places to sandy pits, the stories take place in a setting where a characters roam free without adults. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he and illustrator E. H. Shepard became the Lennon-McCartney of children’s literature, creating a classic that celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year. Discover the real places that inspired the stories as well as the rare flora and fauna of the forest. Leave with a new understanding of how the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories are now, more than ever, field guides for the free range child, a hymn to those days of Doing Nothing — yet learning everything.

Kathryn’s book The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood is a New York Times Bestseller and has been featured on National Public Radio. A taster documentary has also been made for BBC Four.

Kathryn Aalto presents her talk at the 2016 Penzance Literary Festival

Kathryn Aalto presents her talk at the 2016 Penzance Literary Festival

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