The return of Brambly Hedge
BRAMBLY HEDGE, the charming stories about a community of mice, are being revitalised for a new generation. The tales, with their intricate illustrations, were created by Jill Barklem in 1980 and inspired by her train journey to St Martin’s School of Art, which took her through Epping Forest. The books have never been out of print, but Mrs Barklem has suffered poor health in recent years, so the series has become somewhat forgotten. Now, her daughter, Lizzie Barklem, is leading efforts to introduce the world of Brambly Hedge to children.
Mothercare is launching a range of baby clothes and blankets in October and the publishers have produced a gift edition of all eight stories. Dragons of Walton Street has a licence to create Brambly Hedge hand-painted furniture. ‘We’ve had such a lovely response,’ says Miss Barklem. ‘The overriding comment is “Oh my goodness, I didn’t realise you were still here”. People of my age have wonderful memories that they want to share with their own children.’ Visit www.bramblyhedge.co.uk Flora Watkins