Moat Brae inspiration for two new books


The magic of Moat Brae is that it still inspires wonderful books for children.

In May the Georgian townhouse witnessed the launch of Sixteen String Jack and The Garden of Adventure, written by Tom Pow and illustrated by Ian Andrew.

It’s set in the garden of Moat Brae where J M Barrie (whose nickname was Sixteen String Jack) played as a boy and follows the adventures of Daisy, a 21st century visitor, who is taken there by her grandmother.

Though Barrie and his friends, like all of us, grew up and then old it recalls their games and how this was where he first dreamed of boy who was eternally young.

The book, which costs £9.99, is published by Birlinn as part of its new children’s imprint called BC.

If you buy Sixteen String Jack direct from the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust then £4 goes to our fundraising appeal (You can find them on sale on our behalf at Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries 01387 253 383).

Birlinn’s creation of BC is a really welcome development as it is offers a whole raft of new quality Scottish children’s literature.

JM Barrie's Peter Pan Graphic Novel

This includes a new edition of Peter Pan, in graphic novel form, by Edinburgh-based artist Stephen White, who regularly draws the much loved Oor Wullie cartoons for DC Thomson.

A striking aspect of Stephen’s book is that he has reclaimed it as a Scottish work, with Neverland itself having The Old Man of Storr (a great rocky pinnacle on Skye) at its heart. Even Captain Hook’s ship is based on an 18th-century Scottish vessel.

The whole work is beautiful and true to Barrie’s joyful sense of mischief and wonder.

And with so much literary energy focused on Moat Brae House right now, it makes you wonder if the spirit of Peter Pan has returned to the place where he began?

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