Sharing Stories of Childhood: Reminiscence, Drama and Film-making is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The activities outlined below are all part of this project.

Seven Stories have commissioned film makers Mac and Fox to create five new films as part of our new exhibition Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts. Over 75 children, young people and adults from across the region have shared their special memories of Enid Blyton stories, childhood adventures, friendship, magical characters and faraway lands to help create this unique new work. Participants have included reading groups from South Tyneside libraries and children at Byker Primary School.Seven Stories commissioned film makers Magic If Ltd to create five new short films as part of our new exhibition Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts, the many Adventures of Enid Blyton. Over 75 children, young people and adults from across the region shared their special memories of Enid Blyton stories, childhood adventures, friendship, magical characters and faraway lands to help create this unique new work.

The project has used rare, original material from our collection to explore the literary heritage of Enid Blyton and consider our different personal experiences of reading children’s books from the 1930s to the present. It has inspired creativity, debate and new perspectives about her stories and her life as one of the world’s most famous children’s authors.

Photographs by Damien Wootten and Film Stills by Mac and Fox

Films by Mac and Fox

Adventures with Enid Blyton: sharing stories of childhood is funded by

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Step Outside for Story Starters!
Creative Writing from Nature

Children’s author Helen Limon and children from Byker Primary School have taken part in a special investigation of Enid Blyton’s nature writing and diaries. They have used original material from our collection to explore her creative process, interests and ideas as a writer. The class have stepped into her shoes to grow plants, go pond-dipping, care for animals and make their own stories inspired by nature.

‘Crikey’ ‘heavenly’ and ‘ghastly’ words often associated with Enid Blyton in her writing have been adopted by the children as they recorded new observations and developed their vocabulary. The class have also made important discoveries about how her different stories share themes. Good behaviour, concern for others, care of nature, courage and a healthy curiosity are rewarded in Blyton’s nature stories, diaries and in adventures such as The Famous Five series.

Photographs by Damien Wootten

A big thank you everyone at Byker Primary School

Adventures with Enid Blyton: sharing stories of childhood is funded by

And supported by

The project has used rare, original material from our collection to explore the literary heritage of Enid Blyton and consider our different personal experiences of reading children’s books from the 1930’s to the present. It has inspired creativity, debate and new perspectives about her stories and her life as one of the world’s most famous children’s authors.

Click here to see all the photos from this project.