(1895 - 1986)
“It might have all the same; you never can tell what's magic.”

Noel Streatfeild worked as an actress in the 1920's and had a couple of adult novels and a children's play published in the early 1930's, before being approached to write a children's tale based around the theatre. Her original worries about the topic proved unfounded when Ballet Shoes was published to great acclaim in 1936.  Streatfeild subsequently spent a year touring with a circus by way of research for her book The Circus is Coming, which was awarded the 1938 Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature. A string of children's novels, plus a three volume authobiography followed.

 Our blog post Noel Streatfeild and her Ballet Shoes looks at the development and impact of her most famous novel.

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