Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is a series of books written by Australian author May Gibbs. The books chronicle the adventures of the eponymous Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. The central story arc concerns Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (who are essentially homunculi) and their adventures along with troubles with the villains of the story, the “Banksia Men”. The first book of the series, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: their adventures wonderful was published in 1918.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the gumnut babies, are the protagonists of the story and are modelled on the appearance of young Eucalyptus (gum tree) nuts. The female gumnut babies, however, have their hair, hats and skirts modelled on Eucalyptus flowers.
We came to a grove of Banksia trees and sitting on almost every branch were these ugly little, wicked little men that I discovered and that's how the Banksia Men were thought of.
May Gibbs wrote a number of titles based on her creations. The first publication was in 1918, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: their adventures wonderful, and the set of works was first collected in 1940 as, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, with the cover declaring Including Little Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia.
- Others are
- Snugglepot and Cuddlepie find Ragged Blossom.
- Little Ragged Blossom and more about Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
- Little Obelia and further adventures of ragged Blossom, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
- Snugglepot and Cuddlepie on Board the Snag/the Original Characters Created By May Gibbs ; Redrawn By Noela Young ; Adapted By David Harris. (1975)
- Snugglepot meets Mr Lizard (1970).
Productions and creative works
Peter Combe adapted Snugglepot and Cuddlepie into a musical, which was first performed in 1992in the Adelaide Festival of Arts. It was recorded the following year at the Adleaide Festival Centre with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Ruth Cracknell was a special guest playing the part of May Gibbs.
The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom is a musical adapted by John Clarke and Doug MacLeod, with a book by Clarke and music and lyrics by Alan John. It premiered at the Theatre Royal on 9 January 2007. Adult actors played the parts of the gumnut babies - Darren Gilshenan (Cuddlepie), Tim Richards (Snugglepot) and Ursula Yovich (Ragged Blossom). The story centres on the two characters of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, who befriend a Blossom and search the unknown land of Australia. Unlike Combe's musical, the 2007 version is a political satire.
Tibby's Leaf by Ursula Dubosarsky, the story of child who sees gumnut babies in the bush at the outbreak of World War One, was inspired by Gibbs' World War One gumnut baby postcards which are held in the collection of the National Museum of Australia.
Northcott and Cerebral Palsy Alliance
On the 27th of November 1969 May Gibbs died. On passing she bequeathed royalties of her Snugglepot and Cuddlepie creations jointly to the Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly known as The Spastic Centre). Since then both charitable organisations have been able to use these royalties to further their respective programmes helping children and adults with disabilities.
- Seddon, George (1997). "Cuddlepie and other surrogates". Landprints: reflections on place and landscape. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 113–118, 123. ISBN 978-0-521-65999-4.
- Jean Chapman. "Cecilia May Gibbs (1877 - 1969)". Nutcote - Home of May Gibbs. The Nutcote Trust. Retrieved 2007-07-19.
All quotes are from a taped interview with May Gibbs produced by Hazel de Berg for the National Library of Australia, Canberra
- "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie". Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Snugglepot And Cuddlepie". Keyword. LISWA catalogue.
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- [First published: 1918. sic] - Cover Contents; Snugglepot and Cuddlepie -- Little Ragged Blossom and more about Snugglepot & Cuddlepie -- Little Obelia and further adventures of Ragged Blossom, Snugglepot & Cuddlepie
- Gibbs, May, 1877-1969. Sydney : Angus & Robertson,  (Sydney: W.C. Penfold) 87 p.,  leaf of plates : ill. (1 col.) ; 25 cm. [Date from Muir.] Ill. on lining papers.
- "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie". Discover collections: May Gibbs. State Library New South Wales. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- The adventures of Snugglepot, Cuddlepie and Ragged Blossom [videorecording] / designed and directed for television by George Cass ; choerography, Petal Miller Ashmole ; music, Richard Mills ; produced by Film Australia with the assistance of the Australian Ballet Foundation and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
- "Snugglepot & Cuddlepie - The Musical". Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- "The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom". Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- "The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom - Perth International Arts Festival 2007". Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- Mike Hayes; et al. (c. 2000). Snugglepot and Cuddlepie / by May Gibbs. Four classic Australian children's stories. [Artarmon, N.S.W.]: ABC Audio. ISBN 0-642-55689-X. (set); (Blinky Bill); ISBN 0-642-55725-X (Snugglepot and Cuddlepie); (Magic pudding); (Muddle-headed wombat).
Note: Title from slip case.
- http://www.nma.gov.au/education-kids/classroom_learning/activities/making-tracks/tibbys-leaf retrieved July 3, 2012