The Woman Behind the Rabbit: The Tale of Beatrix Potter

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s birth 150 years ago, this illustrated talk will explore diverse aspects of her life, well beyond that of author and illustrator of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and 22 other books for children. Betsy Bray, a self described Beatrix Potter enthusiast, will introduce participants to Potter’s involvement in sheep farming, land conservation, mycology and community leadership. Beatrix Potter overcame a strict Victorian childhood to become what Betsy considers “ a woman ahead of her time.”

Peter Rabbit Tales and Pioneer Trails: the parallel lives of Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Connie Neumann, a Society Member in the USA and on the board of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, will talk about these two authors. Born only six months apart but worlds away, they had more in common than their readers would expect.

betsy-brayBetsy Bray has been a Member of The Beatrix Potter Society since 1984. She is the first overseas Trustee of The Beatrix Potter Society, has spoken at a number of the Society’s International Study Conferences, and has given illustrated talks to groups in the United States, United Kingdom, Africa and Australia. She also gave a series of lectures on transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary 2.  Visit

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