We were delighted to welcome Christine de Poortere to Moat Brae when she visited Dumfries & Galloway for the Spring Fling weekend. She is the lady with one of the best job titles anyone could wish for – ‘Peter Pan Director’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
J M Barrie gave all the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. Since then the hospital has received royalties every time a production of the play is put on, as well as from the sale of Peter Pan books and other products. Christine is probably one of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to JM Barrie and his famous work.
Christine and her Colleague Heather also joined us at Moat Brae, the enchanted land that inspired Barrie, for a fascinating presentation by architect and writer Edward Hollis – the first in the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust/Wigtown Book Festival Lecture Series.
The next day she enjoyed a special morning with the children of St Andrew’s Primary in Dumfries. Mrs Kerr’s P5/6 class have been incredibly imaginative and enthusiastic in a number of collaborations with Moat Brae during this year and it was very special for them to meet one of the most knowledgeable people and talk about JM Barrie’s years in Dumfries and his legendary creation – Peter Pan.
Cathy Agnew, PPMBT Project Director, presented the class with books which have been given to the Trust by David Walliams who supported its work with a book event alongside Patron Joanna Lumley in London in March. David Walliams is a best-selling children’s author and his books are encouraging a whole generation of avid readers – his gift of books to PPMBT will enable us to share them with children across Dumfries & Galloway.