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


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  • 2018 AGM

    Saturday 24th March 2018
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  • 2018 Summer Event

    Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July.
    Lamport Hall
    Northamptonshires Ideal Countrymen.
    In conjunction with The H E Bates Society.
    Please put the dates in your diary.
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    A full list of events is shown on the Events page.
  • The BB Creative Arts Award 2017.

    Please see 'News'page for details of the 2017 competition.
  • The BB Archive.

    The BB Archive is now at Lamport Hall.

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