7 February 2019
John Burningham died last month. We knew him through his work as a children’s author and illustrator. His work was widely acclaimed and he was awarded many glittering prizes not only here but in many parts of the world.
There was an unattributed obituary in the Herald. I discovered that he had been married to Helen Oxenbury with whom he collaborated. She described her husband as ‘a gargantuan character’ and paid tribute to his skill and insight.
She concluded, ‘I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t met John. He’s guided me, influenced me and inspired me my entire life.’ Is there a finer tribute than this? O that we could inspire others and literally fill them with the spirit to enjoy life in all its fullness.