M for Maryary Poppins’ London, like Mary Poppins herself, is a myth. The author of the Mary Poppins series, P. L. Travers, was infatuated with them. Aside from creating a fictional nanny who incorporated many of the traits one would expect from classic mythological characters (omniscience, magical powers and the desire to teach lessons to name but a few), she also wrote about and lectured on the nature of legends and folk stories and their importance to our culture. In her time she was even a contributing editor to Parabola Magazine: a publication completely devoted to the exploration of legends and fables. With this in mind it is hardly surprising that her version of London was also something of a flight of fancy.

Helen Cox has started work on a new volume designed to explore places where you can recreate the magic of the classic books written by P.L. Travers. She is currently looking for an agent to represent the book and approach publishers.


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