Go On An Adventure This May: Meet The Man Who Reinvents Enid Blyton For Adults

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Go On An Adventure This May: Meet The Man Who Reinvents Enid Blyton For Adults

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Enid Blyton no longer belongs on your childhood bookshelves — the recent reinventions of her books have taken the world by storm. Let's face it, no 2016 Christmas stocking would have been complete without an on-trend adult Blyton book such as Five On Brexit Island and Five Go Gluten Free.

The creator of the new adult Enid Blyton books, Bruno Vincent, is giving a talk on 17 May about how he reinvented The Famous Five, a 75 year old series, and how the books became such a success.

Five give up the booze, Bruno Vincent, Quercus

It's just one of the brilliant events during the British Academy's Literature Week — six days of exciting book-based activities from 15-20 May. This year's theme is adaptations and transformations, with a number of events looking at how kids' books have been reworked for grown-ups.

What about books from your childhood that have made it to Theatreland? From Story to Stage is an event focusing on children's books that have been reinvented for adult theatre. Part of the Canada 150 celebrations, it takes place on 15 May at the British Academy HQ, and includes a talk and a performance.

Producer Adam Blanshay

Join renowned Canadian producer Adam Blanshay — who has worked on plays and musicals from Twelfth Night to The Light Princess — and West End performer Rosalie Craig for a celebration of theatre and stories. You'll even get a glass of wine included in the ticket price.

Rosalie Craig will be performing at the From Story to Stage event

Not just for big kids, these events looking at the journey from children's novels to works for adults are set to be eye-opening, whether you're a book lover, theatre geek, or just have a soft spot for Enid Blyton.

Find out what else is on as part of Literature Week 2017, and get booking to make sure you're in on the action.

Last Updated 07 May 2017