Author Birthdays: Awdry, Clampitt, Jacques

June 15th marks the birthday of authors W. Awdry, Amy Clampitt, and Brian Jacques.

W. Awdry was an English children's author and Anglican reverend. His best known works are those in the Railway Series, from which you may know Thomas the Tank Engine.

Awdry created the stories about the railway in order to comfort his young son Christopher, who had the measles. He wrote a total of 26 books in the series; he also wrote other books, but unfortunately, there are no copies available at Michigan libraries.

Amy Clampitt was an American poet who was first published at the age of fifty-eight. Her first collection, The Kingfisher, made her a known and respected poet in 1983.

Clampitt's fifth and last collection was Silence Opens, which Booklist called "dramatic and wry and always in motion." The collection focuses on crossroads, and includes a poem about the legend of Pocahontas.

Brian Jacques was an English writer most known for his Redwall series; all of the characters in Redwall are animals Jacques passed away due to a heart attack in February, but the last Redwall novel, The Rogue Crew, was released early last month.

Jacques wrote other series, including Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman ship and its survivors, cursed with immortality.


My friend is like addicted to the Redwall books. He says that everyone should read them, but if you don't have much time, don't star reading them because you wont be able to put it down.

I used to read these all the time when I was younger. They are really quite good.

I love Redwall!! They are really good.

The older ones are the best

My brother used to read the Redwall books all the time. They were the only books beside Harry Potter that he would read. I myself think that Jacques books on the legend of the Flying Dutchman look better. I'll have to find time to read them to see if my brother would also be interested. I'm always trying to find new books for him to read... or at least try!

I'm reading the graphic novel of this book right now. It's okay

happy birthday!!

Oh cool. Maybe I'll read it.

My boys love the Redwall books - and Brian Jacques impressed me when he came to visit AA for a book signing many years (15?) ago - patient and kind to the kids who waited in a LONG line to meet him.

happy birthday!!!