Bloatermog Library Talks: The first 'Friends For Upton Library Author Talks' began yesterday, with 'The Dorset Days of Enid Blyton' author, Viviene Endecott.
Rather than lug loads of rare books around, Viv talked us through a slide show featuring a great many of the Blyton output. It would be difficult to show every one of them, as Enid wrote well over 700 titles in her day, and all were not of the 'Noddy' or 'Adventure Series' type which she is so famous for. Enid also wrote books about farm animals, British wildlife and so on, and our audience of about 20 interested local people were as enthralled as I was to learn about this author's tremendous output. Even today, Enid is still the 6th most popular children's writer.
By sheer coincidence, yesterday's local paper, The Daily Echo, had a feature about Viv's new Blyton enterprise. As well as her 'Ginger Pop' bookshop in the nearby Dorset village of Corfe Castle, Viv is taking on a building which used to be one of the great pub's on Poole Quay, The Swan, and is turning it into an Enid Blyton story and character themed adventure theatre.
The Swan has some characteristic and bespoke tiling covering the front of the building, which was designed and fired by the local Carter Tile Company, and will be kept for the sake of the town's history.
Next month, Pamela Fudge will be talking about writing 'Take A Break' magazine style 'Coffee Time Stories' and Romantic Fiction. Pam has several titles on Amazon, which you might like for the wife or your Mum's Birthday present?