Seeing Things: A Memoir

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Canongate Books, Nov 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
Oliver Postgate is widely regarded as the greatest children's storyteller of the modern era. His work, which included The Clangers, Ivor the Engine, The Pogles, Noggin the Nog and, most famously, Bagpuss, is beloved by generations. In this delicious memoir Oliver Postgate describes how he came to create his stories and characters, developing innovative techniques of animation and puppetry alongside his friend and co-producer Peter Firmin. Amazingly, almost all of Oliver's films were made in a cowshed in Kent on a budget of next to nothing. The story of Oliver Postgate's extraordinary and adventurous life, and the wonderful characters who populated it - both real and imagined - is witty, charming, beautifully remembered and exquisitely told.
 

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I came to this at some disadvantage because I didn't grow up with Bagpuss or Noggin the Nog and only knew Ivor the Engine and the Clangers when grandparents got them for my children. I was completely ... Read full review

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I am not normally someone who makes a beeline for biographies but the life of Oliver Postgate attracted me and I was intrigued to discover the man behind Bagpuss and The Clangers. I wasn't ... Read full review

Contents

Stroking Bees
1
A House Three Schools and A War
28
Stirring It Up
63
Rural Pursuits
100
The HoneyBarrel
123
Treading the Boards
138
Rattling the Bars
160
Starting Again
189
Mainstream
236
Colouring In
271
Looking Outwards
303
Looking Inwards
314
The Window
329
Africa and After
358
Decade of Dementia
379
Changing Direction
400

Smallfilms
206
Taking Time
231
Afterword
423
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About the author (2008)

Oliver Postgate was born in north London in 1925. He attended several different schools including, inadvertently, Dartington Hall. He attempted several different professions before founding Smallfilms with Peter Firmin in 1957. They went on to make a multitude of children's films for television, from a cowshed near Canterbury. He died, aged 83, in Broadstairs, Kent, in December 2008.

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