Published in 1916 Nursery Rhymes of London Town was the first literary success of Hampstead-based author, Eleanor Farjeon, paving the way for a string of much-loved children’s stories, poetry, plays, and biographies.
An illustrated talk including poetry, pictures and anecdotes relating to the book, its author and its illustrator, MacDonald Gill, is happening at Camden Local Studies Centre this week – Thursday 12th January at 7.15pm. Admission is free.
Farjeon also wrote that staple song of school morning assemblies in the 60s and 70s, Morning has Broken (hopefully there won’t be an audience rendition). And she’s cited as an influence on the great Japanese film-maker, Hayao Miyazaki, creator of the wondrous animations Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
The talk is by Anne Harvey and Caroline Walker. Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre is at Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road.
(Is the witch digging up Tavistock Place?)