Elisabeth Beresford is featured in BBC Radio 4’s weekly obituary programme, Last Word, which marks the lives of significant figures who have died recently. The programme includes tributes from Bernard Cribbins and Mike Batt.
Elisabeth Beresford, the creator of the Wombles, has died at the age of 84. After suffering heart failure, she passed away on Christmas Eve at the Mignot Memorial Hospital on Alderney in the Channel Islands.
The first two Wombles books – The Wombles and The Wandering Wombles – are now on sale. They had been out of print for almost ten years, but were republished on 1 November, with brand new illustrations by Nick Price. Bloomsbury has also launched a new official Wombles website.
Great Uncle Bulgaria made a special appearance on Wimbledon Common, to help launch the new editions of the Wombles story books. The official Wombles launch party was one of the children’s events at Wimbledon Bookfest.
A children’s party to relaunch the Wombles books is one of the highlights of this year’s Wimbledon Bookfest in October. Organised by publishers Bloomsbury, the event will take place in a big tent on Wimbledon Common.
Haydon the Womble attracted plenty of attention at the Wimbledon Village Fair, while Orinoco also put in a surprise appearance. Find out about the Family Fun Day on 3 July, and the Wombles book launch party in October at the Wimbledon Bookfest.