May is best remembered as the creator of the gumnut babies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, as well as Bib and Bub and a host of other botanically-inspired characters such as the big bad banksia man. Visiting the house gave me an insight into her character, boundless enthusiasm and work ethic. She was a prolific artist who produced magazine covers, political cartoons, children's comic strips and numerous books. Unusually for her time, she smoked, drank, drove a car, didn't marry until she was 42, supported her husband financially, and remained childless - although she had a succession of dogs, mostly Scottish terriers. Her home was a plain, no-fuss affair designed to maximise space for creativity and chat and minimise cleaning! She bequeathed the royalties of her Snugglepot and Cuddlepie creations to two charities, who have benefited greatly from them, as the books have never gone out of print.
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|Bib and Bub by Peter Kingston|