The Arts Society Horsham
November 2019

The Wind in the Willows Revisited Through its Illustrators

Welcome to The Arts Society Horsham
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:45
The Capitol Theatre Horsham
North Street Horsham RH12 1RG

Comparing and contrasting scenes in the book through the eyes of different artists and exploring how the story came to be written

First published in 1908 without illustration, the classic tale of Ratty, Mole, and the incorrigible Mr Toad has been in print ever since. What is less well known is that it has been illustrated by more than ninety artists – making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language. This lecture will revisit the story as depicted by numerous illustrators and will compare and contrast the same scene in the book through the eyes of different artists. It will also explore how the story came to be written for Grahame's son Alastair and the interesting but ultimately tragic life of Kenneth Grahame. 


Mr John Ericson

Formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath where he was Director of Studies in the School of Education with responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world.
Over the last decade he has been a popular speaker on the Arts Society circuit in the UK and Europe as well as a frequent visitor to the societies in Australia and New Zealand.
In his professional life he has developed a particular interest in presentation skills including the role of pictures in learning and the appropriate use of PowerPoint. This coupled with his ability to relate well to people of all ages and backgrounds makes him an impressive and confident public speaker.
As well as the talks he has developed from his professional background, he offers presentations on an eclectic range of topics that are derived from his diverse interests and enthusiasms such as, Pub Signs, Children’s Book Illustrations and the Shakers of North America. All his talks are entertaining, highly informative, very well illustrated and presented with warmth and humour.