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Unicorn Island
Unicorn Island


 
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Unicorn Island
Mary Bartlett

Paperback, 26 pages

Mary Bartlett came to Dartington in 1963 as a horticultural student, and after her training she became responsible for the glasshouses, nursery and walled garden. She is the author of several books and is now the tutor for bookbinding in the Craft Education department.

About Unicorn Island, Mary says, "While sitting in the second hand bookshop below the arch in the main street in Totnes - minding it while the owner was on holiday - the idea came to me. It was to use the idea of the unicorn - a mythical animal - to show that many of those animals so familiar to us were becoming extinct. The basis was the Linnaean classification of the natural world, mythology and historical cultural references to give children the possibility of making sense of complex ideas. I had published the monograph on Gentians in 1975 and knew the difficulty with researching academic ideas to make them accessible. It was produced as a play written by myself and the poet Adrian Mitchell, who was living on the estate at that time, in 1992. The artist Richard Merrills painstakingly painted the complex image at the centre of the story. Wendy Andrew completed the other illustrations."


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