Winnie-the-Pooh heads to the V&A in London for bear-all exhibition

Scores of ink and pencil drawings will line walls of museum as part of tribute to AA Milne’s much-loved children’s character

Winnie-the-Pooh had many exciting encounters with woozles, balloons, and irritable bees – but the one adventure his creators would never have dared suggest for the bear of very little brain is that, heading towards his 90th birthday, he would star in a large exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.

The exhibition will open this week featuring close to a century’s worth of Winnie-the-Pooh merchandise, including toys, books of the wisdom of Pooh on subjects as arcane as Taoism and management theory, a Russian bear created by a designer who had clearly never seen the original, and a hand-painted Christopher Robin and Friends china tea set presented to the baby Princess Elizabeth in 1926 – either she did not like it and never played with it, or more probably ...

George Orwell returns to loom over BBC

A larger-than-life statue of the author and former BBC employee has been unveiled outside Broadcasting House in London

On the threshold of the building he once described as a cross between a girl’s boarding school and a lunatic asylum, on an appropriately grey and drizzly day, George Orwell has returned to the BBC, cigarette in hand.

On the wall behind him a suitable confrontational quote from Animal Farm has been inscribed: “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

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Cambridge academics seek to ‘decolonise’ English syllabus

University condemns abuse directed at group of students who sought to broaden literature studies to include black authors

A group of academics at the University of Cambridge is considering how to implement a call from undergraduates to “decolonise” its English literature syllabus by taking in more black and minority ethnic writers, and bringing post-colonial thought to its existing curriculum.

The debate is being followed closely by other universities. “I think it will grow and I think it will spread - and rightly. It is a good thing that there should be healthy dialogue between university academics and their students, and that their views should be taken seriously,” said Bethan Marshall, a senior lecturer in English education at Kings College in London, and former chair of the National Association fo the Teaching of English. “Good writing is good writing - it is ridiculous to stick to the reified canon when there ...

Moomins and more: UK show to exhibit Tove Jansson’s broader work

Britain’s first major retrospective of Finnish artist, at Dulwich Picture Gallery, aims to enhance her reputation as serious artist

Halfway through the first major UK retrospective of paintings by Tove Jansson, which opens this week at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, visitors will recognise some little blobby creatures in a glass case – the Moomins.

The stars of some of the most famous children’s books of the 20th century, they have become deeply familiar in their incarnations as fridge magnets, soft toys, on the tail fins of Finnish planes and in a newly opened museum in Finland. They have also appeared in cartoon strips and animations, with a new film coming at Christmas and a new animated series promised in 2019 featuring the likes of Kate Winslet, Rosamund Pike and Will Self.

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Broomsticks and dragon bones in British Library’s Harry Potter magic show

Manuscripts for JK Rowling’s books mix with a centuries-old mermaid and a witch’s crystal ball in hotly anticipated exhibition

It’s all true, and the incontrovertible proof has gone on display in the British Library. Side by side with original manuscripts and illustrations for the Harry Potter books, in an exhibition that opens on Friday and has already sold a record 30,000 tickets, there are dragons’ bones, a mermaid, a step-by-step illustration (on a scroll six metres long) of how to create a philosopher’s stone, a black crystal ball owned by a 20th-century witch known as Smelly Nelly, and a broomstick on which another west country witch regularly startled Dartmoor walkers.

Even JK Rowling, on a preview visit to the exhibition combining a history of magic with her creations, was astonished to come face to face with the tombstone of one of her characters. She tweeted the image, writing: “Guess ...

Jane Austen to star in Bank of England literary links exhibition

Exhibition features author’s deposit ledger as well as other writers preoccupied with money including Charles Dickens Jane Austen is not just the heroine of the new £10 note, to be unveiled on Tuesday on the 200th anniversary of her death, but also the star of an exhibition on the literary connections of the Bank of England. “Jane Austen’s novels are not taken up with chit-chat about bonnets in carriages, as some people who haven’t read them think. She was very well aware of the value of money, and it is a major theme in her work,” the exhibition’s curator, Jenni Adam, said. Continue reading...

Charles Dickens’s journalism explored in display at his home

Museum examines social issues that were focus of writer’s campaigning work, which he mined for his novels Anyone at large in the small hours of the morning in Victorian London might have bumped into the most famous writer of the age: Charles Dickens criss-crossing the city, walking off insomnia and depression, but also scooping up material for his campaigning journalism. En route he would have passed theatres and cathedrals, shops and pubs, Bethlem mental hospital and the Marshalsea, where his father had been imprisoned for debt. Related: Tale of Dickens' fight to save Shakespeare house retold in exhibition Continue reading...