The birthplace of Sir JM Barrie proved the ideal setting for the launch of a book which brings new life to the magical story of Peter Pan.
The Brechin Road premises, run by the National Trust for Scotland, welcomed Stevie White and Fin Cramb who launched ‘JM Barrie’s Peter Pan: A Graphic Novel.’
John McKenna, property manager, said: “It is a great honour to have Stevie and Finn join us for the launch of their stunning adaptation of this classic tale. Their fresh take on the story, and stunning illustrations are tremendous.”
Publishers Birlinn say: “In this graphic novel Stephen White goes back to the very heart of Barrie’s original tale to create a story that is dark, magical, charming and authentic. The complexity of Barrie’s original is drawn out in vibrant illustrations and engaging text to create a new vision of the tale for those familiar with it and to enchant a new generation of readers. The stunning illustrations draw on original, authentic features from the locations that inspired Barrie to write his tale including Moat Brae House in Dumfries and the garden where he played as a boy. In choosing the format of a graphic novel for this retelling, Stephen White has created a new and exciting version of Peter Pan that is like nothing that has been done before.”
The visit by Stevie and Finn was just one attraction on what proved to be a busy day for the humble home which inspired a big imagination. The exhibition at the birthplace has been revamped to provide visitors with an even better insight into the life and works of JM Barrie, and on Saturday the conservation charity which cares for Barrie’s childhood home unveiled its new ‘Wendy visitors’ book,’ rekindling a tradition from 40 years ago with a special book for visitors named Wendy.
John continued: “We know that at least 40 years ago, there was a tradition here that all Wendys signed a special book. This year we have an expanded and refreshed exhibition and so it seemed like the perfect time to reintroduce this custom.”
First to sign her name was Kirriemuir woman Wendy Glass who said: “Having written about JM Barrie several times over the years, visited Barrie’s Birthplace many times, and always loved the story of Peter Pan, it was an honour to be the first Wendy to sign her name in the resurrected Wendy’s Visitor Book.”