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

Enid Blyton writes about her fan mail.

The author outlines her busy life to BBC producer.

BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT

[Page 1 of 2]

[Printed notepaper headers read:]

Beaconsfield 1091
Green Hedges,
Penn Road,
Beaconsfield,
Buckinghamshire.

Enid Blyton

[Hand-written pencil note:] Book list sent to library 23/1/52

[Letter begins:]

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,

[Page 2 of 2]

let alone speak! Still, I manage it somehow, though it is distressing to have to
turn down so many attractive invitations.


Yours sincerely.

Enid Blyton

You may perhaps be interested in the foreword to the list of E.B. books I send.

ABOUT THE BBC ARCHIVE
The BBC Archive - sharing pictures, documents and programmes from the last 75
years of the BBC's broadcasting history. To find out more visit:
www.bbc.co.uk/archive

Document Type | Letter

14 November 1951

Document version

Writtenin

1951

Synopsis

In this reply to a letter from a 'Mr Derville', Enid Blyton describes her busy life receiving hundreds of letters from adoring fans.

Did you know?

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.

Contributors

Writer
Mr Derville
Recipient

More like this...

Documents

A letter from Enid Blyton to the head of BBC programmes.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Head of BBC Programmes.

WRITTEN 1936
1 Page

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

A letter from Hugh Pollock to Sir John Reith.

Enid Blyton's husband writes to the BBC Director General.

WRITTEN 1938
2 Pages

Hugh Pollock drops a line to Sir John Reith on behalf of his wife.

A letter from Sir John Reith to Hugh Pollock.

Sir John Reith replies to Hugh Pollock's letter.

WRITTEN 1938
1 Page

The BBC Director General offers to help Enid Blyton.

A letter from Enid Blyton to Sir John Reith.

Enid Blyton writes to Sir John Reith.

WRITTEN 1938
3 Pages

The children's author tells the BBC Director General her 'story so far'.

Memo reviewing Enid Blyton's books.

Internal Memo from Schools Department about Enid Blyton.

WRITTEN c. 1938
2 Pages

The work of Enid Blyton receives a critical review.

Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Children's Hour' director.

Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Children's Hour' director.

WRITTEN 1940
2 Pages

The children's author tries again to work for the BBC.

BBC memo about Enid Blyton's writing.

Internal memo reviews an Enid Blyton story.

WRITTEN 1940
1 Page

It's thumbs down for 'The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ'.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Reverend JW Welch.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Rev JW Welch.

WRITTEN 1942
2 Pages

A presenter of BBC religious programme learns of Blyton's thoughts on 'Christian training'.

Letter from Reverend JW Welch to Enid Blyton.

Reply from Rev JW Welch to Enid Blyton.

WRITTEN 1942
1 Page

A BBC broadcaster asks the children's author for ideas.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Reverend JW Welch.

Enid Blyton replies to Rev JW Welch.

WRITTEN 1943
4 Pages

The writer reveals the difficulties of adapting the Bible for children.

Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Woman's Hour' producer.

Letter from Enid Blyton to 'Woman's Hour'.

WRITTEN 1947
2 Pages

The 'children's heroine' chooses not to talk to adults.

Letter from BBC Children's producer to Enid Blyton.

Introductory Letter from Lionel Gamlin to Enid Blyton.

WRITTEN 1949
1 Page

A BBC producer tries to arrange an interview with celebrated children's author.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.

WRITTEN 1949
2 Pages

Enid writes to a BBC producer with surprising news.

Letter from BBC Children's producer to Enid Blyton.

A diplomatic response from Lionel Gamlin.

WRITTEN 1949
1 Page

BBC producer Lionel Gamlin doesn't confirm or deny a Blyton ban.

Letter from Enid Blyton to Lionel Gamlin.

Blyton sets Mr Gamlin straight.

WRITTEN 1949
1 Page

Blyton lets Lionel Gamlin know that she didn't jump but was pushed.

Memo from head of 'Children's Hour' to BBC producer.

Internal Memo from Derek McCulloch to Lionel Gamlin.

WRITTEN 1950
1 Page

Head of BBC 'Children's Hour' confirms the existence of Blyton ban.

Letter from Enid Blyton about her fan mail.

Enid Blyton writes about her fan mail.

WRITTEN 1951
2 Pages

The author outlines her busy life to BBC producer.

Memo in which BBC staff discuss Enid Blyton.

Memo from Janet Quigley to Jean Sutcliffe.

WRITTEN 1954
1 Page

The 'Woman's Hour' editor asks a Schools expert about Enid Blyton.

Memo from Jean Sutcliffe of BBC Schools Department.

Memo from BBC Schools Department.

WRITTEN 1954
1 Page

Jean Sutcliffe explains the policy regarding Enid Blyton.

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.