Animation celebrating lifetime of Black Magnificence writer launched


  • Redwings has launched a Christmas animation celebrating the life and legacy of Black Magnificence writer Anna Sewell, with a voiceover by actress Dame Joanna Lumley.

    The animation tells Anna’s story, and the way her love for horses developed – which led to her writing Black Magnificence. Anna died shortly after its launch on 24 November 1877 aged 58. The novel has bought greater than 50,000 million copies worldwide.



    The animation premiered at a non-public screening occasion on 24 November, throughout which Redwings additionally celebrated the discharge of a brand new fundraising version of Black Magnificence. The guide has been produced at the side of the UEA Publishing Venture and launched on the anniversary of its authentic publication date. It prices £9.99 and half of all proceeds will go on to the care of Redwings’ equines.

    It may be purchased on the Redwings web site.

    “This 12 months has been a whirlwind for us right here at Redwings. We really feel so honoured to have been given the chance to take care of this particular home and the fantastic partnerships we’ve developed due to it,” mentioned Nicola Knight, Redwings head of communications and campaigns.

    “That is the primary time Black Magnificence has instantly raised funds for the animals Anna Sewell liked a lot and we’re indebted to the UEA for the chance to work with them on this stunning version of the guide – which we hope will make it into many a Christmas stocking.”

    Nicola added particular due to Joanna Lumley, who donated her providers to the mission.

    “Dame Joanna’s help on our animation is one thing we dreamed of and we’re so grateful for the beneficiant present of her time,” mentioned Nicola.

    “We have now obtained some fantastic phrases from well-known followers of the guide from the literary and animal welfare world for which we’re so thrilled, and one among these, grasp English saddle maker, presenter and writer Suzie Fletcher, very kindly learn a chapter for us on the occasion.

    “The shared legacy of Anna and us right here at Redwings – a want, purely and easily, to create a greater world for horses – is so intertwined that it feels serendipitous. We hope this animation will educate those that weren’t conscious of the influence that Anna’s work had, and continues to have, a whole lot of years later, on the welfare of horses.”

    The particular version of the guide is now on common sale. It features a foreword by kids’s writer Dame Jacqueline Wilson and an afterword by nineteenth century literature professor Thomas Ruys Smith of the UEA.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Redwings on this mission,” mentioned Professor Smith.

    “It’s excessive time that Norfolk’s most profitable literary export was recognised for the influence she had on the world, and it’s a privilege to be part of that effort. We’re so grateful to Meantime Media for his or her fantastic work on the animation and to the Arts and Humanities Council for his or her help with funding. We hope it should actually inform the story of how this unbelievable fictional creation got here to be.”

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