Looking for something for all the family

Looking for something for all the family to do this Easter weekend? Come and join in with Julia Donaldson fun @7stories http://ow.ly/a6gHi

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“My child loved the Gruffalo and loved

“My child loved the Gruffalo and loved the dressing up and all of the books with the themed areas!” http://ow.ly/a6gb3

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Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories

We are thrilled to announce a new £¾m fund to benefit the work of Seven Stories, which has been founded thanks to the Enid Blyton Trust for Children.  Its Trustees have decided to wind up the Enid Blyton Trust for Children and donate its assets to set up a permanent fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. This fund will support the work of Seven Stories for years to come.

An Enid Blyton Trust for Children trustee explained their decision, “Seven Stories is a truly inspiring place. We know that we have made the right decision and believe that Enid herself would feel very happy with everything Seven Stories is doing for her, her work and for the children”.  This new Fund deepens Seven Stories’ connection with Enid Blyton and her outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Britain.  Grants from the Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories at Community Foundation will support our work to inspire more children from different walks of life to enjoy reading and the life opportunities that this brings.

The Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories has made it possible for us to have an endowment, which until recently was just a dream.  Though support from our public funders continues to be vital, our fundraising ambition is to grow our endowment to £5m, building a more secure future for Seven Stories and our mission to protect, share and celebrate our precious literary inheritance for children with generations to come.   We are very excited to be entering this new phase in our development, and we feel confident Enid would heartily approve of our mission!

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The Joy of Enid Blyton recording

The recording of our Joy of Enid Blyton event is now available to listen to online.  Just follow this link to access the recording. 

And if anyone has any problems accessing the recording, please do let me know – we haven’t used Sound Cloud before, so this is all a bit new to us!

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The Joy of Enid Blyton enjoyed

I must apologise for the long silence here on the blog – we have been a little busy over the last few weeks, not least with getting our new Anthony Browne exhibition up and running, and there was not much to report on the Enid Blyton front.

However, she was back at centre stage last week for our Joy of Enid Blyton event, with Anne Fine and David Rudd.  The event was a resounding success, with both Anne and David giving some fascinating insights into why they think Blyton has been such an enduring favourite amongst child (and adult!) readers.  There was also some interesting discussion prompted by questions from the audience.  This included some friendly debate about the revision of Blyton’s works for a modern audience, and some discussion about the use of Blyton in the classroom.  And, of course, what would an Enid Blyton event be without lashings of ginger beer, which was enjoyed by all!

The evening was recorded, and we are intending to make this recording available online for those who were unable to attend the event in person.  We will let you know as soon as this recording is available. 

It is likely that posts to this blog will become less frequent in the coming months, but we will continue to keep you informed of any interesting developments as and when they happen.  Our Behind the Scenes tours, which allow members of the public hands-on access to the Enid Blyton Collection, will continue over the summer months – visit the events pages on our website to find out more.  The collection catalogue, which includes images of material from the archive, is available to search online, and we welcome any enquiries from members of the public who would be interested in exploring the collection themselves.  And, of course, there’s always the Enid Blyton exhibition, planned for launch in October 2012, to look forward to!

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The Joy of Enid Blyton, with Anne Fine and David Rudd

Any Blyton enthusiasts out there might be interested in our Joy of Enid Blyton event, being held on Thursday 12th May at 6.30pm.  Anne Fine, award-winning children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, and David Rudd, a world authority of Enid Blyton, will be joining us at Seven Stories for an evening celebrating Blyton’s contribution to British children’s literature.  Anne and David will be discussing what the real Enid Blyton was like, and why her books were so popular not only in Britain but around the world.  They will also discuss why they think Blyton’s books have such an enduring popularity, and will welcome comments and questions from the audience.

We will also have material from the Enid Blyton Collection out on display, giving members of the public an opportunity to get hands-on with her typescripts.   Members of the collection team, myself included, will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the material.   And, of course, there will be plenty of ginger beer on the go – what would a celebration of Enid Blyton be, without lashings of ginger beer?!

Booking is essential for this event – to find out more and to book your place, visit the events page on our website.  And remember, we are still running our monthly behind-the-scenes adult tours, which also allow hands-on access to the Enid Blyton archive.

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Collection catalogue now online

I am very pleased to announce that the Enid Blyton Collection catalogue is now live online, and available to search.  The catalogue can be accessed via our website and you can either do a free text search using her name, or the title of a particular book, or you can search using the collection reference EB.

All of our other collection catalogues are also available to search here as well, so do take some time to find out what other exciting treasures we’ve got in the archive!  And if anything takes your fancy, you can make an appointment to view material from the archive by emailing collections@sevenstories.org.uk 

Please do be aware that the archive is not located at the Seven Stories visitor centre, but is in offsite storage, and that access is by appointment only.

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