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Blog post from Wednesday, 2 April, 2014

Listen to an extract from a 1966 radio interview with Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, on how she felt about Disney’s interpretation.

Sound recordings held by the State Library of NSW of 1960s interviews with P L Travers have been featured in the ABC documentary The Real Mary Poppins released to coincide with the film Saving Mr Banks. These recordings were also highly valuable to the BBC during research for their own documentary special about PL Travers, The Secret Life of Mary Poppins.

The recordings were included in a manuscripts and pictures collection that the Library purchased in 1989 and have recently been digitised. The eight fragile reels were converted to digital sound using the highest technical standards.

The interview was broadcast in Boston on Radio WNAC. The radio station made its last broadcast in 1967. If you have more information about the interview with P.L.Travers and the WNAC radio archives, please send us an email or contact us via Ask a librarian.