Wednesday, 27 August 2014


This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author, Tove Jansson (1914-2001) who created the legendary Moomins who enchanted so many of our childhoods.

Forty years ago, I began an occasional correspondence with Tove in which she told me a little about her stories, pictures and, in particular, her admiration for Lewis Carroll.

In 1975, she sent me this adorable little drawing featuring Moomintroll, Snufkin, Sniff and their friends...

You can read more of my thoughts on Tove and her creations HERE

And you can visit the Moomins on their official website, HERE


Brian Sibley said...

And the TV documentary, the BBC TV documentary, Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove is being broadcast TONIGHT on BBC Four at midnight... Click here for details

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Being an outsider, I had to see that documentary through 'other means' (it's too easy really), but that is to be expected from those who only just discovered such a wonderful series that only just started to see print here in the US. We missed the boat completely on Tove Jansson's famous series I feel. Nice she did that drawing for you!