A talk by Libby Joy
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) and Norman Warne (1868-1905) were both born in London within two years of each other, but their experiences were very different until their paths crossed in 1901, thanks to a familiar rabbit. Beatrix and her younger brother led a cloistered life in a humourless Unitarian family; Norman was the youngest of eight children in a large and noisily cheerful household.
Libby Joy will explore Beatrix’s unlikely friendship with the Warne family, whose family grave is in Highgate Cemetery West, which lasted until her death and grew out of the relationship between the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her Warne editor, and she looks at its effect on the writing of the little books that have captivated generations.
Libby is a Trustee and former Chairman of The Beatrix Potter Society, and currently edits its quarterly journal and newsletter. She has researched and written about the life of Beatrix Potter for many years.