Why is her creation, Mary Poppins, still so popular?
As the latest incarnation of Mary Poppins makes her appearance on the London stage, Woman's Hour explores the life of her creator, P L Travers
Travers' series of children's books featuring the nanny with magical powers began in 1934 and ended in 1988 with Mary Poppins and the House Next Door. Her friend and fan, Brian Sibley collaborated with her on a screenplay sequel to Mary Poppins. He talks to Jenni about his memories of Pamela Lyndon Travers. Jenni also talks to Travers' biographer, Valerie Lawson.
Mary Poppins: The Musical Prince Edward Theatre, London Previews from Monday 6 December 2004