Blyton’s books to hit silver screen
Hollywood boost for town
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.
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