Cover of Confessions of a Coastal Gunner by BB

Cover of BB's last book Confessions of a Coastal Gunner written just before his death in 1990 - first published in 2011


Latest news...

  • AGM 2014.

    Saturday 22nd February 2014.
    Wadenhoe Village Hall.
    This was a well attended enjoyable event with a talk and demonstration by the wildlife artist Simon Trinder.

  • Book Fair - Sunday 11th May 2014.

    Brixworth Village Hall
    Antiquaian Books
    Local history
    Countryside Pursuits
    Art Books

    Please contact Bryce Hanlon for further details.
  • Summer Event 2014.

    Saturday & Sunday
    5th & 6th July
    Lamport Hall
    This promises to be an exciting event.
    Put the date in your diary.Further details will be on the news page.
    Book your accomodation early, same weekend as Bristish Grand Prix at Silverstone.
  • Fostering Fellowship - 2014.

    For members, their families and friends.
    Events planned include:
    Bluebells in Badby - Early May.
    Fishing the Eyebrook - June.
    Purple Emperor Hunt - Early July.
    Countryside Management-August.
    Light Literary Lunch - early Autumn.
    Spaces are limited, please book as soon as you can!
  • BB Society Publication

    The BB Society has published reprints of two of 'BB's early books.
    Monty Woodpig's Caravan
    Monty Woodpig and His Bubblebuzz Car
    These paperback editions are available to members only.
    Please see Society Merchandise Page
  • The BB Creative Arts Award - 2014.

    This years winners were Northgate School, Northampton.
    The standard of work this year was very high and Northgate were worthy winners
    Congratulations to them.
    Brixworth CEVC Primary School were Highly Commended.
    Well done to all schools who took part.
  • Mailing List

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list for news and events, please email Sandra Paul, together with your membership number if applicable.
  • BB's Butterflies.

    Please see Roseworld Productions Limited for their new publication BB's Butteflies.

Welcome to this extensive website set up by the BB Society in 2012. 


Although of course the site has been written for the enjoyment of anybody who may have an interest in the life and works of the renowned Northamptonshire author, illustrator and countryman, Denys Watkins-Pitchford MBE - perhaps best known by his pen name 'BB', it is hoped that it will encourage an interest in the Society and all its widespread activities.


Here you will find out about the man himself and the extraordinary talented life that he led.  His innate love of nature and the wonders of the natural world go hand in hand with the legendary imagination which so often played such a key role in his writings.

The Life and Works of BB


The story of his life is set out on the Biography page and the complete list of the many books that he wrote and illustrated are listed on the Bibliography page, with ideas and suggestions as to how to obtain some of his books which are becoming increasingly hard to find nowadays.


The Society is a thriving organisation dedicated to maintaining the interest and aspirations bequeathed to us by BB himself, and it seeks to perpetuate the inheritance that he left us where a desire to encourage an interest and love of the countryside is concerned.


The BB Society page has the detail of how to become a member and join the growing number of BB enthusiasts worldwide.  Membership brings with it a series of Newsletters and annual publications that detail all the forthcoming activities that the Society has planned.  In particular the 'Fostering Fellowship' initiatives detailed there outline the breadth of events and gatherings carried out by the Society each year which aim to cater for the wide variety of interests enjoyed by our members.


We hope that you enjoy the diversity of topics highlighted within the website, be they country pursuits, conservation, reading, poetry or archives, and of course a taste of  BB's matchless illustrations that play such a role in reminding us of the enchanting legacy that he left us.


Illustration by Denys Watkins-Pitchford (BB)


Etching taken from Confessions of a Coastal Gunner by BB

Etching taken from Confessions of a Coastal Gunner