Appeal to buy pictures that lit up Tom's Midnight Garden

Seven Stories are appealing for donations to help them reunite the illustrations for children’s classic, Tom’s Midnight Garden with a typescript of the book

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Seven Stories are appealing for donations to help them reunite the illustrations for children’s classic, Tom’s Midnight Garden with a typescript of the book.

The National Centre for Children’s books, based in Newcastle’s Ouseburn, is hoping to secure at least three of Susan Einzig’s iconic drawings from Philippa Pearce’s magical 1958 novel for their permanent collection, when an exhibition devoted to the celebrated artist’s career opens in London on July 4.

The illustrations will be on sale alongside some of her other work in the memorial exhibition at the Piers Feetham Gallery in Fulham, and Seven Stories is asking for the public’s help to raise funds in time so they can be the first in line to buy them.

Susan, who died aged 87 in 2009, won the Carnegie Medal with Philippa for Tom’s Midnight Garden in 1958, and said of it: “This was very special – it perfectly fitted my particular illustrator’s imagination.”

The goal of Seven Stories’ appeal is to raise £5,000 by July 4, and organisers of the campaign want to assure everyone that every donation will make a difference.

Having already been left a copy of the typescript by Philippa Pearce, Kate Edwards, chief executive at Seven Stories is hoping supporters will help them bring it back together with some of Susan’s unforgettable illustrations.

She said: “Tom’s Midnight Garden is a magical and powerful book which has enchanted children for generations.

“Philippa was a great supporter of Seven Stories, donating a copy of her typescript for Tom’s Midnight Garden to the Collection, and leaving a legacy in her will.

“She took an active interest in Seven Stories through the years and visited us twice.

“We hope people will help Seven Stories to reunite these literary treasures and celebrate Philippa and Susan’s joint achievement by ensuring that this important book is represented in the National Collection at Seven Stories.”

Often considered Philippa Pearce’s greatest work, Tom’s Midnight Garden is set where the author grew up and is a celebration of the garden that she, and her father before her, enjoyed as a child.

Susan Einzig’s illustrations were based on family photographs and drawings.

If you would like to donate to the appeal and help bring these special drawings to the North East, there are three methods at your disposal.

• Donate online at www.sevenstories.org.uk/donate

•Call 0845 271 0777 and ask for extn 300

•Download a donation form from www.sevenstories.org.uk/get-involved and return to Amanda Beckham, Seven Stories, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle NE1 2PQ.

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