A A Milne and the Making of Goodbye Christopher Robin

A A Milne and the Making of Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Worcester College lecture theatre, Oxford
    Worcester College lecture theatre
  • 24/03/2018 14:00 - 24/03/2018 15:00


Biographer Dr Ann Thwaite tells the true story that inspired the 2017 film Goodbye Christopher Robin - a drama about the lives of Winnie the Pooh creator A A Milne and his son Christopher Robin. Thwaite was a consultant on the film directed by Simon Curtis and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, and Kelly Macdonald. Here she offers an insight into the relationship between Milne and his son and tells how his toys inspired the magical world of Hundred Acre Wood. Thwaite is author of five literary biographies. Her 1990 biography, AA Milne: His Life, won the Whitbread Prize for the best biography, and Goodbye Christopher Robin, is drawn from this acclaimed book and is now published in paperback. Here she talks to Nicolette Jones, children's books editor of the Sunday Times. This event is part of St Hilda's College day at the festival.

About Ann Thwaite

Ann Thwaite is a Whitbread-prize winning biographer and children's writer. " " " " She was born in London, spent the war years in New Zealand and was educated at Queen Elizabeth's, Barnet and St Hilda's College, Oxford. Ann has travelled extensively and has lived in Tokyo, Benghazi and Nashville and is now settled in Norfolk with her husband, the poet Anthony Thwaite. " " " " Ann has written five major biographies. The first, of Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of The Secret Garden, was published in 1974. Edmund Gosse: A Literary Landscape won the 1985 Duff Cooper Prize and was described by John Carey as “one of the finest literary biographies of our time.” Emily Tennyson, The Poet's Wife, is widely regarded as the most interesting biography of Tennyson himself. Glimpses of the Wonderful, a life of Edmund's father, Philip Henry Gosse, was picked out by D.J. Taylor in the Independent as one of the ‘Ten Best Biographies' ever. " " " " AA Milne: His Life won the Whitbread Biography of the Year 1990, and The Brilliant Career of Winnie-the-Pooh, a scrapbook off-shoot of her Milne biography was published in 1992. " " " " For many years, Ann wrote and reviewed children's books, as well as running a library for local children in her home. Her most recent book is a history of her own family called Passageways: The Story of a New Zealand Family. It was published in 2009. " " " " Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature as well as an Honorary Fellow of Roehampton University (National Centre for Research into Children's Literature). She also has an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia and a D.Litt from Oxford.