Since 1983 there has been a society, called The Followers of Rupert, for those who remember Rupert from their childhood with affection. The society is limited to classic Rupert, not the cartoon character more recently seen.
The Society gets its name from the Rupert annuals. Each year at the end of the stories there is a page advertising Rupert in the Daily Express and on that page is the slogan "Follow Rupert in the (Daily) Express" and so we are The Followers!
We have hundreds of members who enjoy regular newsletters, calendars and other Rupert-related items produced specifically for the society.
The Followers' AGM is held in Warwick in August, surrounded by a Fun Day.
The 2016 Fun Day was on Saturday 27th August.
Followers had the chance to meet the current Rupert Artist, Stuart Trotter, and one lucky member won an original piece of artwork by Stuart, especially created for the event. Lots of information about the Event and lots of photos are available on the private Members' side of the website.
Stuart also created a beautiful piece of artwork for the 2015 Fun Day - Follow this link and see that lovely piece and see some information about an earlier gathering of Followers:
The Annual 2017 will be Saturday 26th August. There will be some great raffle prizes this year including some beautiful pieces of original artwork. Along with all the general fun of the day, two really entertaining speakers will be talking to us.
The latest Rupert Annual
Stuart Trotter, the current Rupert Artist, will be in attendance and will be signing copies of the latest Rupert Annual personally for members.
Join the Followers so that you can come and join the fun!
The signed annual is one item the Society is able to offer for sale to members of the Public.
You may order an annual that is signed by Stuart, or an extra special annual annual that is not just signed by Stuart but also has a head of Rupert or one of his chums drawn inside by Stuart.
If you would like to order a signed copy of the 2017 annual,
download the order form here: 2017 signed annual (128 Kb)
Prices quoted on the order form include postage and packing.
Of course, if you join, you may come to Warwick, meet Stuart, and have him sign a copy personally for you.
Have a look at Publications About Rupert. You will see that one of the books is the Rupert Index. Last updated in hard copy in 2001, it is currently being completely overhauled and updated and is being made available for members to download.
If you join the Followers, you will have free access this publication.
Rupert was born in Canterbury and features in the town's lovely Heritage Museum.
Now the museum is threatened with closure! The Followers are distressed to learn that this important piece of Rupert's history is at risk of being cast aside.
Here is a link to the petition against closure: Museum closure petition
Follow this link to an interesting study showing that Rupert formed part of an innovative literary genre. This paper was written by author Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie.Download article here... (6.9 Mb)
To find out more about the general benefits of being a Follower of Rupert, follow this link:
Free gifts for you, if you join now. Click the red button:
Apart from the general member benefits, we have some special offers - free gifts for new members, and books normally available only to members.
Don't miss out!
Order a copy of the 2015 Rupert Annual, specially signed by the current Rupert artist - click 'Special Offers' here:
The Followers' AGM and surrounding Fun Day in 2016 lived up to all expectations. Follow this link to 'Warwick':
One of our regular supporters at Warwick is Stella Books and many delighted members have been able to add to their Rupert collections by finding some goodies on the Stella Books´ stall.
You may wish to have a peek at their newsletter and find something about the Little Bear ....... click HERE
So, you see, there is everything to gain from joining the Followers, and nothing to lose!
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