Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC

Letter from Enid Blyton to Head of BBC Programmes.

The children's author pitches ideas for a radio broadcast.

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[Printed notepaper headers read:]
Enid Blyton
Bourne End 81

Old Thatch,
Bourne End,
Bucks.

[Letter begins:]

September 3,36.

The Director of Programmes. B.B.C.

Dear Sir,

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.

Yours faithfully,

Enid Blyton

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03 September 1936

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1936

Synopsis

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.

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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.

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