Presented by Betsy Bray
Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin fans note that Betsy Bray, an international authority on Beatrix Potter, presents a lively look at the remarkable life of this acclaimed children’s author-illustrator. Her forty-five-minute talk includes the various roles played by Beatrix Potter over seventy-seven years of her life, from the author-illustrator of twenty-three children’s books to her later life as a sheep farmer, land conservationist, entrepreneur, and community activist.
Betsy Bray has been a Beatrix Potter Society member since 1984. In 2012, she became the first overseas trustee ever elected to the Beatrix Potter Society. She has spoken at several of the society’s International Study Conferences and given illustrated talks to various groups in Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012, Bray formed the North American Leadership Circle for Beatrix Potter Society members in the United States and Canada. Having earned a BA in history from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, and a Master of Library Science degree from Saint John’s University in New York, Betsy is a retired library administrator.