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“Swallows and Amazons for Ever!” Welcome to the ART Website

The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) exists to help people discover, re-discover, appreciate and enjoy the life and works of Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons. The Trust is working to establish a permanent Arthur Ransome Centre in the southern Lake District. On the way to achieving this we are also developing a range of exciting projects, including exhibitions, displays and resource materials.

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Swallows and Amazons Begins Filming

The new Harbour Pictures and BBC Films production of Swallows and Amazons began filming a few days ago in the Lake District. The production is scheduled to move to Yorkshire after location filming on and around Coniston Water and Derwentwater.

Further casting news has been released and commencement of filming has also led to discussions about a change to one character’s name: from Titty to Tatty.

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How to be Bohemian

The first episode of BBC4′s new series, How to be Bohemian with Victoria Coren Mitchell, exploring the history of Bohemianism from its Parisian roots to the early 20th Century in London, was broadcast on 8 June. Her guide, for the latter period, was Arthur Ransome’s first “real” book, Bohemia in London, first published in 1907.

The first episode is available on BBc iPlayer for four weeks from 8 June, 2015, with the section about Arthur Ransome beginning at around 50 minutes. The second episode airs on 15 June on BBC4.

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A Secret Life on the BBC

PreparationsThe BBC have been busy in the Lake District recently, with three separate Arthur Ransome-related programmes filmed or planned. BBC Arts recently filmed a programme about Swallows and Amazons on Coniston Water and at the Museum of Lakeland Life, in Kendal, for BBC 4′s forthcoming second series of A Secret Life of Books. Antiques programme Flog It! have also been filming at Coniston, whilst a second antiques programme, Antiques Road Trip are planning to film at the Museum of Lakeland Life’s Ransome display this summer.

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Swallows and Amazons on Course for Production

After lengthy development, Harbour Pictures and BBC Film’s version of Swallows and Amazons is shaping course towards production.

Screen Daily have reported several announcements from the Cannes Film Festival. These include Studio Canal’s purchase of the new movie’s UK rights and Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald’s casting as Mrs Walker. 

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