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Beaconsfield Society to celebrate Enid Blyton link
BEACONSFIELD is set to make up for lost time by celebrating its connection with children’s author Enid Blyton - who first moved to the town 75 years ago.
The Noddy and Famous Five writer lived much of her adult life in a huge property off Penn Road, but Beaconsfield Society member Kari Dorme says visitors to the town would never be aware of this.
The Society is planning a week of activities this summer as part of a mission to promote the town’s literary heritage.
Kari said: "Enid Blyton was out of favour for a long time but I think she’s going to have a bit of a comeback. "I think it’ll be the first time there’s been a proper celebration of Enid Blyton in Beaconsfield and my feeling is we should make more of it.
"Great Missenden has made an awful lot of Roald Dahl and quite honestly I think Enid Blyton is bigger…She’s world famous and wrote over 600 books."
The activities will kick-off on June 29, including film screenings, a special display in the library, creative writing workshops for children and an exhibition at Bekonscot.
Last year the Society staged a weekend of events to celebrate the poet Robert Frost’s short residence in the town, and Kari said: "This should appeal to a much wider audience as I think just about everyone’s read a little bit of Enid Blyton. I think it’s going to be really great fun."
The Society also hopes to erect a plaque to mark where Blyton lived, in a house named Green Hedges, which was demolished after her death in 1968 and replaced by a small development in Blyton Close. The author had previously lived at Old Thatch Cottage in Bourne End.
TV producer Bob Massie led calls last year for Blyton to be given further recognition in Beaconsfield.
He and his wife Tina, who own the Red Lion in Knotty Green, created an Enid Blyton ‘snuggery’ at the pub about five years ago, which has been a big hit with enthusiasts.
He said people come from all over the world, including an annual visit from the Enid Blyton Society.
For updates see: www.beaconsfieldsociety.org.uk