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The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has been home to many well known actors, artists, inspirational writers and cultural individuals. Continue reading to see who you might recognise:
Born in Hereford in 1944, Frank Oz is a puppeteer and filmmaker. He began his career as a puppeteer for Jim Henson’s Muppet characters including Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. He is also well known for voicing the wise Yoda in the Star Wars franchise. Yoda first appeared in the 1980’s film The Empire Strikes Back where Oz had a great deal of creative impact for the puppet as well as creating the trade mark style of reversed grammar.
Popular author, J.K Rowling grew up in the small village of Tutshill near Chepstow and attended Wyedean Comprehensive School. Rowling’s novels regularly acknowledge her childhood roots; the Harry Potter series has frequent mentions of the Forest of Dean.
The small village of Dymock became a base for group of writers in the years leading up to World War I, the group become known as the Dymock Poets. The group consisted of seven poets named Abercrombie, Brooke, Drinkwater, Gurney, Gibson, Masefield and Thomas.
Writer, Dennis Potter was born in Berry Hill in the Forest of Dean and attended Bell’s Grammar School in Coleford. Potter pursued a career in writing and screen writing for televisions. Some of his best known television dramas included Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective.
Winifred Foley was a British writer who is best known for writing an autobiographical book in 1974 titled A Child in the Forest. Foley was born in Brierly near Cinderford and wrote about her life growing up in the Forest of Dean. A bench on May Hill was dedicated to her and her late husband after her death.
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