Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
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Bourne End 81
The Director of Programmes. B.B.C.
I think a talk that would probably be of interest to listeners would be one on
the subject of "Writing Books for Children." I have written, probably, more
books for children, than any other writer, from story-books to plays, and can
claim to know more about interesting children than most.
Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one. This Talk
would be for adults. If it does not appeal to you, some other aspect of the
subject might. I have two million child-readers each week, through my Children's
Page in the Teachers' World (Junior issue), and am known throughout the country
to schools of all kinds.
Sir Robert Evans, who owns the "Teachers' World" or Mr Allen, the Editor, would,
I am sure confirm my statements,
should you wish it.
I enclose a few particulars of some of my books.
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Document Type | Letter
03 September 1936
The already prolific author Enid Blyton approaches the Director of Programmes at the BBC with a view to adding 'broadcaster' to her list of accomplishments.
Note here that Enid is keen for the prospective programme to be aimed at an adult audience, a view she would revise in later years.
The children's author pitches ideas for a radio broadcast.
Hugh Pollock drops a line to Sir John Reith on behalf of his wife.
The BBC Director General offers to help Enid Blyton.
The children's author tells the BBC Director General her 'story so far'.
The work of Enid Blyton receives a critical review.
The children's author tries again to work for the BBC.
It's thumbs down for 'The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ'.
A presenter of BBC religious programme learns of Blyton's thoughts on 'Christian training'.
A BBC broadcaster asks the children's author for ideas.
The writer reveals the difficulties of adapting the Bible for children.
The 'children's heroine' chooses not to talk to adults.
A BBC producer tries to arrange an interview with celebrated children's author.
Enid writes to a BBC producer with surprising news.
BBC producer Lionel Gamlin doesn't confirm or deny a Blyton ban.
Blyton lets Lionel Gamlin know that she didn't jump but was pushed.
Head of BBC 'Children's Hour' confirms the existence of Blyton ban.
The author outlines her busy life to BBC producer.
The 'Woman's Hour' editor asks a Schools expert about Enid Blyton.
Jean Sutcliffe explains the policy regarding Enid Blyton.
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