Enid Blyton The Beckenham Years Film and talk by Cliff Watkins 7.30pm, Wed 12 November Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road SE26 5JX
The world famous children’s author lived in seven houses in Beckenham between 1897-1929. See here for full details of an Enid Blyton Beckenham trail. She was head girl of St Christopher’s School in Bromley Road and later taught at Bickley Park School.
Leading Blyton expert Cliff Watkins lifts the lid on the early life of one of the world’s most famous and successful authors and will show us how many of the buildings and places which Enid knew as a child are remarkably unchanged from 1897 when Enid arrived as a baby, including the Baptist Church in Elm Road where she was baptised and the church hall where she attended Sunday school. Not far from there is her infant school and the Chaffinch Brook where Enid went on nature walks with her father.
And what was the literary connection between the famous author and Maud Dyrenfurth from Sydenham, one of Enid’s school friends?
Come along to the Golden Lion and find out.