This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Scottish author JM Barrie who is best remembered for his creation Peter Pan, a mischievous boy who can fly and refuses to grow up.
The world remains captivated by Peter Pan and Barrie’s legacy lives on, having gifted the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929, which receives royalties from all productions and publications.
In August 2004, the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity launched the search for the first ever sequel to Barrie’s timeless classic, Peter Pan and Wendy. On 5 October 2006, Geraldine McCaughrean’s book Peter Pan in Scarlet was published.
Our six stamps depict some of the beautiful illustrations of David Wyatt which appear in the bestseller Peter Pan in Scarlet (Oxford University Press), from our 36p stamp which shows a group of children swarming above London’s skyline in true Peter Pan style, to Captain Hook’s ship (48p stamp) which is visited by Peter who can be seen at the top of the mast.