- First broadcast 20041225
Why Barrie Wrote The Little White Bird
JM Barrie wrote The Little White Bird in 1902, following his first meeting in Kensington Gardens with the Llewelyn-Davis boys.
It's the story of a retired Captain, loosely based on Barrie himself, and his friendship with a little boy, David.
The two create stories together, one of which is Peter Pan, the first time the character appears in print, two years before the stage play appears.
With contributions from Dr Ronald Jack and Dr Peter Hollindale.