Bly­ton’s books to hit sil­ver screen

Hol­ly­wood boost for town

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo.anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TOWN is cel­e­brat­ing fol­low­ing the news Enid Bly­ton’s Magic Far­away Tree books are be­ing adapted for cin­ema for the first time.

The books are be­ing de­vel­oped for a live ac­tion film ver­sion by Sam Men­des’ pro­duc­tion company, Neal Street Pro­duc­tions.

Enid Bly­ton, who died in 1968, wrote the four books in the se­ries be­tween 1939 and 1951 in Bea­cons­field.

Last year cam­paign­ers fought for more recog­ni­tion of Bea­cons­field’s link to the au­thor. Now they hope the Hol­ly­wood boost will help thrust Bea­cons­field fur­ther into the lime­light.

The tales follow a group of chil­dren and their ad­ven­tures at the top of a tree in an en­chanted for­est.

The char­ac­ters in the sto­ries in­cluded Silky the fairy, Moon­face, Dame Washalot and Saucepan Man. The au­thor lived in Bea­cons­field for more than 30 years, in Green Hedges, which was later de­mol­ished.

Kari Dorme, a for­mer li­brar­ian and cam­paigner, said: “It is such ex­cit­ing news that the Sam Men­des pro­duc­tion company is go­ing to adapt Enid Bly­ton’s Far Away Tree se­ries for the big screen.

“The town’s world fa­mous au­thor wrote all four books when she lived in Bea­cons­field.”

She added: “Th­ese sto­ries are amongst the most loved by chil­dren and the film when re­leased will be a huge boost to Enid Bly­ton’s pop­u­lar­ity.

“It will do so much to en­cour­age even more chil­dren to read her sto­ries and to read for plea­sure.

“I say move over J.K. Rowl­ing and Roald Dahl, here comes an en­chant­ing Bly­ton fan­tasy.”

A com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque is com­mis­sioned by the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety and paid for by Bea­cons­field Town coun­cil, was un­veiled this year out­side the town hall after Mrs Dorme’s cam­paign to get Bly­ton a per­ma­nent memo­rial in the town.

As part of the push a Bly­ton Week was held, in­volv­ing the lo­cal schools, li­brary and Bekon­scot Model Vil­lage, in War­wick Road, where a model of Green Hedges is on dis­play.

The model vil­lage was also given Bly­ton’s sun­dial after Mrs Dorme saved it from be­ing auc­tioned off.

A builder took the sun­dial when he worked on the house, when it was be­ing de­mol­ished.

Bekon­scot is hav­ing it re­paired to go on dis­play at the at­trac­tion.

It is ex­cit­ing

news that Sam Men­des

is go­ing to adapt the Far Away

Tree se­ries”

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