Peter Rushforth - a Yorkshire novelist and teacher

Appreciations of Peter and his work as a teacher

and his success as a novelist

Introduction * "Kindergarten" * "Pinkerton's Sister" * "A Dead Language"

An email from May 23rd 2016

Having just stumbled across the fact that Peter Rushforth tragically died, I would like to offer my rather late condolences to all his friends and family. Mr Rushforth taught me English from 1978 right up to 1983 at Friends' School in Great Ayton, and he was amazingly inspirational. I still remember being hugely impressed when Kindergarten was released. Memory of his success stayed with me and this has since spurred me on as an author  in my own right. With my sixth novel approaching completion I still often think of Peter Rushforth and hope to emulate his success.

Best wishes

Nigel Halliday

(aka Ed Halliday)

Saturday May 13th 2006 A Spring Meeting to celebrate the work of Peter

The following are copies of emails I have received via the website. If you would like something posted on this page, please feel free to email me with your thoughts. EMAIL Phil Brown

Dear Phil and Molly Brown, I am writing to thank you for the Peter Rushforth pages on your website. I am reading A Dead Language, borrowed from the library and chosen almost by (happy) accident, as these things frequently are; I am a Classics teacher in a prep school and the title of the book caught my eye. What an amazing and original book; what a special mind must have created it.  Your web pages make Peter more vivid than a broadsheet obituary ever could; he was clearly well-loved by those who knew him.

With best wishes, Amanda Mott


I am contacting you to let you know that I was a pupil of Mr Rushforth at
Friends School, Great Ayton.  I was searching my old school and came across
your webpage.  I was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest
teachers I encountered.  Mr Rushforth opened me up to new worlds - he taught
me to love Shakespeare (I can still memorize huge chunks of verse!) and
encouraged me to read, read, read.  He selected authors for me that I would
not have (I was judging the book by it's cover!).  I truly believe that
without his passion for literature and his love of teaching it - I would not
be who I am today.  Please pass on my condolences to his family.

With fond memories,

Victoria Trees, nee Vicky Ackinclose

Friends School 1982-1989 (now living in Australia)

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Scenes near where Peter lived in the village of Castleton in the North York Moors National Park

WHITBY & SCARBOROUGH area Scenes and Notes ESK VALLEY RAILWAY Line North Yorkshire HELMSLEY & RIEVAULX ABBEY, COXWOLD & KIRKBYMOORSIDE Scenes & Notes NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY SCENES Farndale, Hutton-le-Hole, Lastingham, Rosedale & Bransdale Scenes & Notes YORKSHIRE WOLDS scenes & notes Archaeological features on North York Moors YORKSHIRE DALES and North Pennines scenes and notes
Email Docs Pics MALTON area in Ryedale scenes & notes PICKERING AREA Scenes and Notes, Rydale, North Yorkshire SUTTON BANK walks and places on the north-west edge of the North Yorkshire Moors The UPPER ESK VALLEY, North Yorkshire Moors CLEVELAND, North East England, Scenes & Notes YORK Scenes and Notes Steam Train and Locomotive Photographs from the late 60's LAKE DISTRICT PICTURES of England's Northern Lakeland