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Welcome to the website of the Enid Blyton Society. Formed in early 1995, the aim of the Society is to provide a focal point for collectors and enthusiasts of Enid Blyton through its magazine The Enid Blyton Society Journal, issued three times a year, its annual Enid Blyton Day, an event which attracts in excess of a hundred members, and its website. Most of the website is available to all, but Society Members have exclusive access to secret parts as well! Join the Society today and start receiving your copy of the Journal three times a year. Don't forget also that we have an Online Shop where you'll find back issues of the Journal as well as rare Enid Blyton biographies, guides and more.

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Posted by Isabel Czajkowski on April 23, 2014
I am 65 years old and live in the United States. I recently took a Creative Writing class and wrote a children’s book about a creature called a Bunky, he was half bunny and half monkey. I thought I had a unique idea. I had checked the internet for the word Bunky, and all I found was a band in San Diego and a girl on Facebook with the name Bunky. I read my story to the class and they loved it. My teacher encouraged me to send it to a publisher. Before I sent it out, I Googled the word Bunkey, this time with the “E” in it. Much to my surprise and truthfully disappointment, I found that Enid Blyton had written books about a Bunkey back in 1957. I guess it’s really true, in the words of Ecclesiastes “there is nothing new under the sun.” My teacher suggested that I ask your permission to use the Bunky word, and in this case, it is also a character. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Isabel Czajkowski.
BarneyBarney says: Whether Bunky/Bunkey is copyrighted I've no idea, but if you want to check you'd need to consult the copyright holders. Enid Blyton's Bunkey is a Noddy character, and the copyright to the Noddy books is held by Dreamworks Animation.
Posted by Australian Paul on April 21, 2014
I feel very sorry for poor cousin Connie in the Faraway Tree. She's obviously an unhappy, troubled little girl, whose mother is ill, and yet everyone is just beastly to her - including the narrator. I had to point that out to one of my young relatives while we were reading it.
BarneyBarney says: Connie is self-centred, vain and haughty and doesn't endear herself to the others. She sneers at them for being "country folk", dismisses the tales of the Faraway Tree as "silly", "ridiculous" and "stupid", and moans about having to help with jobs around the house. She changes into a "dainty frock" to climb the Faraway Tree even though she has been told to remain in everyday clothes, and she ignores Jo's warnings about Dame Washalot's water and about peeping into the Angry Pixie's house. She is rude to the Saucepan Man and even tries to antagonise the affable Moon-Face. So it's more a case of her bringing trouble on herself than of people being beastly to her. Whenever her poking and prying get her into difficulty or danger, the others always go to her aid and she gradually becomes much nicer.
Posted by Australian Paul on April 16, 2014
Is it known whether Enid enrolled Gillian and Imogen in things like piano lessons and ballet classes, or were those things more common for later generations of little girls?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know, but I suppose most parents would encourage whatever their children showed an interest in. Imogen was keen on horses and she had a pony of her own and used to spend a lot of time at the stables.
Posted by Paul on April 15, 2014
This message is for Sue Webster. Can you contact me through the email that Barney printed below? I am willing to sell the magazines to you for £10 plus p&p if you are still interested and if you can pay through Paypal (free to send money). I would prefer them to go to a good home rather than making loads of money. Paul :)
Posted by Paul on April 15, 2014
Hi Sue, I was hoping to get a lot more for them as I am trying to raise funds to move house. I don't really want to sell them but it's a case of "needs must''. :( I've been and still am a great fan of Enid Blyton and this collection shows it to be honest. :) Barney, where is the For Sale area as I cannot find it? Paul
BarneyBarney says: The For Sale area is here, Paul. You have to register to post on the forums, but registration is free of charge.

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