Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
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[Printed notepaper headers read:]
[Hand-written pencil note:] Book list sent to library 23/1/52
November 14.51 [A stamp mark shows the letter was received on 16 November, 1951.]
Dear Mr. Derville,
Thank you for your letter. I fear I am "appearing" at Hamley's in Regent Street
on Wednesday Dec. 19, in order to talk to children and autograph their books.
(Not more than 2,000 I hope, but you never know!)
I am not really much interested in talking to adults, although I suppose
practically every mother in the kingdom knows my name and my books. It's their
children I love. I get over a hundred letters a day from all over the world,
from children and parents, and it's a wonder I ever have time to write books,
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let alone speak! Still, I manage it somehow, though it is distressing to have to
turn down so many attractive invitations.
You may perhaps be interested in the foreword to the list of E.B. books I send.
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Document Type | Letter
14 November 1951
In this reply to a letter from a 'Mr Derville', Enid Blyton describes her busy life receiving hundreds of letters from adoring fans.
The recipient of this letter, 'Mr Derville', is otherwise unidentified, but it was possibly Antony Derville, who was a producer for 'Woman's Hour' at the time.
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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