As always seemed to happen to the Famous Five, having unravelled one mystery I immediately found myself stumbling into further adventures! Another of the lots we purchased was identified as Cheer Up, Little Noddy, and did indeed include a complete typescript draft of that title. But that was not all – the lot also included drafts of two plays, both entitled Noddy in Toyland. One of these was certainly published as Enid Blyton’s Book of Her Famous Play Noddy in Toyland, but the other may well be unpublished.
Another lot, a play entitled Famous Five Adventure, may also be unpublished. Although more research is needed before we can say for certain that either of these are unpublished works, it is always exciting to find such material in a writer’s papers. These are works which may have been seen by only one or two people previously, besides Blyton herself. Works which were perhaps entirely unknown to the wider public, until now, and which we plan to make available for anyone and everyone to read and enjoy.
Although Seven Stories will not be publishing this material in book form, once the collection is catalogued it will be open to public access at our collection office, by appointment. We are also hoping to digitise all of these typescripts in full, subject to copyright approval, to allow visitors to our website the opportunity to explore the typescripts online. So even if you aren’t able to visit us in Newcastle, you will be able to enjoy the next best thing.