The theme from the Snowman should be on the hauntingly beautiful songs
That’s sad. He had been ill for quite some time I believe. He wrote and drew some truly brilliant books, my favourites being When the Wind Blows - I went to a truly frightening stage version of this in Leicester in the 80s - and The Tin Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman, about the Falklands war. There was so much more to him than The Snowman and Fungus. He leaves a fine body of work.
I read Fungus the Bogeyman when I was far too young to understand most of it. Where the Wind Blows was terrifying and angry. Ethel and Ernest just makes me cry every time. A really wonderful artist. RIP
I hadn’t realised how much his work had affected me, but the tears in my eyes right now say more than I can express in words.
The BBC has put the animated Ethel and Ernest on iPlayer in memory of him. Very well worth a watch if you’re in the UK and you’ve missed it in the past.
Thanks for the tip. I’ll watch it in the next few days. I have lots of his books but had missed this one, a copy of which arrived today.
There’s also a documentary/bio film about Briggs on iPlayer.
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