Arthur Ransome's Reply to a Reader Letter
Harold Dobinson was a long-time fan of Arthur Ransome and wrote to him in 1939 asking about specific locations for the stories. This is the reply card he received from AR.
A Fisheries Officer on Lake Victoria
As a boy, Des Kelsall lived at Barkbooth across the Winster Valley from the Ransomes at Low Ludderburn. Ransome would come and read Des and his brother Dick the latest sections of Swallows and Amazons as the book was written. Their father devised the "shape signalling system" to communicate with Ransome concerning fishing trips, and which Ransome later incorporated in Winter Holiday. Des was also one of the children who posed for photographs from which Ransome later made his drawings (the pictures he termed "Hollywoods".
In the early 2000s Des moved to New Zealand, where he became the New Zealand Overseas Coordinator for TARS (The Arthur Ransome Society) and a subscriber to the U.S. newsletter Signals from TARSUS. In 2003 Des began a series of articles for SfT concerning his experiences as a Fisheries Officer on Lake Victoria in Tanzania, but was forced to leave off the series after the first few pieces.
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How I Became the Admiral of the United States Branch of the Swallows, Amazons & D's
As a young child in Kansas, Taylor Myers (later Taylor Rhodes) wrote a letter of appreciation to Arthur Ransome in 1939, and received a response appointing him Admiral of the "United States Branch" of the S's, A's, and D's! Much later he became a TARS member, and submitted this article and picture to the "Biographies" compiled in its early years by TARSUS, the United States Branch of TARS.
Tea with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ransome
Ellen Tillinghast was a very early TARS member and the original Overseas Coordinator of the United States branch of TARS. In this article she recounts having tea with Arthur and Evgenia Ransome in December of 1956 when she and her family lived for a year in London.
Interview with Philippa Ryan
Philippa Ryan was the daughter of Ursula Collingwood, the youngest of the Collingwood family who befriended Arthur Ransome as a young man. Roger interviewed her in the course of research for a book. Philippa knew Arthur and Evgenia Ransome as a child, together with the Altounyans and Collingwoods, and spoke easily of them.