In 1968 Hazel de Berg interviewed May Gibbs, the creator of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom, Little Obelia, Mr Lizard, Bib & Bub and all the bush folk. Australia's most loved storyteller is the subject of a ten-minute documentary. During the video, you will hear May Gibbs (Mrs Ossoli Kelly) tell of her birth, 1877 in Surrey, England, her trip to Australia in 1881, her family's settlement in Western Australia and her adventures in the art schools of London.
She speaks of her love of the Australian bush, her development as an artist and reveals the creation of the Gumnuts and all their friends and foes, from Mr Lizard and Ragged Blossom, to Mrs Snake and the Banksia men.
Maureen Walsh is a writer, director, producer and editor who has worked in the motion picture industry in North America and Australia.
May Gibbs was a children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist. Best known for her work Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, she passed away in 1969.
01 Oct 2008