The Snorgh and the Sailor

Julia Donaldson talks about Snorghs

Posted: Tuesday July 15, 2014

We have just found this lovely little video on YouTube, with Julia Donaldson at the London Book Fair in 2012, talking about the Snorgh.

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The Snorgh in the Northern Echo

Posted: Monday February 24, 2014

Tom and Will were up in Newcastle on Sunday 23rd February 2014 for an event at Seven Stories to tie in with World Book Day. Have a look at the newspaper article in the Northern Echo here

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The Snorgh at Seven Stories for World Book Day 2014

Posted: Friday December 6, 2013

We’re very excited to announce that the Snorgh is going to be pointing his bathtub-boat northwards and heading up the coast, along the Tyne and down the Ouseburn to moor at Seven Stories, where he’s going to be getting involved in all kinds of World Book Day 2014 events. Find out more on the Seven Stories website.

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Snorgh Ideas!

Posted: Monday January 7, 2013

We were delighted to read the following article by novelist and poet, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, about the creative uses to which she has put The Snorgh and the Sailor. Have a look here.

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The Snorgh in Greenwich: an Interview

Posted: Monday December 10, 2012

Recently, a school in Greenwich got in touch with some questions about the Snorgh. They were such good questions that I thought it worth sharing them – and the answers that I gave to them – here.

1. Are there any other snorghs?
I think there probably are, although I’ve never met any. The Snorgh, almost certainly, must have once had a mummy and daddy (see below), so that makes three Snorghs. And they must have had mummies and daddies of their own, so that makes seven Snorghs (at least). And so on. But if there were lots and lots of Snorghs around, then you and I would have met several, in the same way that there are lots of cats around, and you and I have probably met several of them. So my guess is that there are a few snorghs, but not as many snorghs as there are cats…

2. Where do snorghs originally come from?
This is a good question. I think that they probably live in marshy areas, because they have slightly webbed feet (like geese or swans). And they probably come from somewhere not very hot, because they are quite furry, and if they lived in a hot country, then the fur would get uncomfortable. But I’m not sure. I’ve only ever met one, and when I knocked on his door, he didn’t want to talk to me, so I went away again…

3. Does the Snorgh have a mummy? If so, does he ever see his mummy?
I think he probably does, although I don’t know a great deal about her. I suspect that he doesn’t see her very often, because if she came to visit, the first thing she would do is tell him to “CLEAN YOUR ROOM!”. Perhaps he has forgotten where he left her (or she has forgotten where she left him). If so, then this might explain why he is a bit unhappy.

4. Does the Snorgh have any friends?
At the beginning of the story, it doesn’t seem as if he does. The trouble with living on a lonely marsh is that there are not many people around to be your friends. You can talk to seagulls, but seagulls are not very friendly birds. They just squawk at you and fly away. But at the end of the story, I think he probably has at least one friend. And after that—who knows? For all we know, he might have met with lots of other snorghs, and be at this very moment dancing and singing snorgh-songs, and having a brilliant time. Or he might be back home in his ugly little house on the marsh. When I am next visiting the marsh, I’ll see if I can call in on him and (if he lets me in, and if he is there) ask him…

5. Does the Snorgh ever play?
I think he wants to, which is why, given half the chance, he has such wonderful, colourful snorgh dreams. But living on a marsh with no friends close-by and only unfriendly seagulls for company, he probably doesn’t have much of a chance to play. This might be another reason he feels sad: playing, all the doctors of the world agree, is an effective treatment for sadness.

6. What does he do all day other than pick samphire to make soup?
Picking samphire takes a long time (you need a lot of samphire to make a little soup), so he does spend quite a lot of time picking samphire. Then he has to find wood for his fire. There aren’t any trees on the marsh, so he probably has to find wood washed up by the sea (it’s called “driftwood”). He also has to dry out the wood before he can put it on the fire. All this must take time. I suppose with all that mud and all that fur, he must spend a long time cleaning himself as well, which is probably why he has a bath in his house. I don’t know if you noticed this, but the Snorgh also has very long, beautiful eyelashes. Perhaps he has to spend some time every day curling his eyelashes, to keep them beautiful.

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