I was saddened to hear that grand old man of children's literature, Maurice Saxby, died recently.
He was an enthusiastic and tireless promoter of children's literature and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of this genre.
Many an author, artist, teacher, academic or would-be creative person could not help but be inspired by his encouragement and generosity, whether through his books, lectures, articles or in person.
I will miss his cheery disposition and youthful outlook. He will be greatly missed.
Vale Maurice Saxby (1924 -2014)