Winter Lecture Series
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh:
A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood
Kathryn Aalto, Author & Landscape Designer
Thursday, March 15, 2018
6 p.m., The Elms, 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
A. A. Milne’s classic tales Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner have delighted readers for nearly a century. The stories’ characters — Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang — are famous, but how much do we know about the setting, the Hundred Acre Wood? Join Kathryn Aalto, author of The New York Times best-seller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, for a look at what we can learn from studying the intersection of nature and culture in Winnie-the-Pooh.
Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he and illustrator E. H. Shepard became the Lennon and McCartney of children’s literature. Discover places that inspired the stories along with the forest’s rare flora and fauna. Part travelogue and natural history, the lively talk weaves history with humor, birdsong with booklore as we learn how these masterpieces of children’s literature were created. Leave with a new understanding of how the Winnie-the-Pooh books are field guides for 21st-century Christopher Robins — hymns to those days of doing nothing yet learning Everything.
Kathryn Aalto is an American writer, designer, historian and lecturer living in Exeter, England. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. She is the author of The New York Times Bestseller The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (2015) and Nature and Human Intervention (2011). Ms. Aalto was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Western Washington University, the London College of Garden Design and the University of Bristol from which she received a BA in English, a MA in English, a Diploma in Garden Design and a MA in Garden History. She is now working on her third book.
A book signing will follow the lecture.
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