Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Older readers may remember the delightful little rabbit Pookie, the hugely successful creation of Ivy L Wallace, in the 1940s and 50s. Born 1915 in Grimsby, she trained as an actress before turning her hand to fairy stories. On a visit to Wm. Collins Printers in Glasgow she met the director William Collins, married him and moved to Scotland. Ivy wrote many more books - the Animal shelf series, numerous stories for magazines and Christmas annuals but ceased writing on the death of her husband. An exhibition of her drawings was recently held in the Collins Gallery, Glasgow and she died at her home in Lanarkshire aged 90 in March 2006.

Val Bierman

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