How to celebrate Roald Dahl Day
The author of many weird and wonderful stories, Roald Dahl would be celebrating his 96th birthday today
Themed ‘Dream Big’, a sequence of activities will take place throughout September to honour the occasion. Here are some hijinks to help you join in month-long birthday party:
Keep your ears open for…
Audiobooks for adults. Voiced by celebrities, 43 of Dahl’s twisted short stories have been made ready to listen to on audiobook or download. Someone Like You, a sinister collection read by Will Self and Richard Griffiths, is one of the stories proving that Dahl is definitely not just for children.
And half an eye on …
Quentin Blake, who will be beamed online from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. The creator of the idiosyncratic illustrations that accompany Dahl’s writing makes an appearance in the Puffin Virtually Live interactive webcast on 24 September at 2pm. Biographer Michael Rosen and the BFG, played by guest David Walliams, also feature.
Dress up in …
Your quirkiest costume. On 28 September, schoolchildren are being encouraged to follow in the sartorial style of their favourite characters. Expect Matildas carrying armfuls of books and Grandpa Joes in stripy pyjamas and bed caps.
Go on a journey to…
Catch Matilda in the West End. The successful run of this RSC musical, penned by Tim Minchin, continues at London’s Cambridge Theatre as part of the continuous adaptation and reinvention of Dahl’s writing. - read our review here. Or take a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre itself in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
Curl up with …
A scrumdiddlyumptious story. Lose yourself in any of Roald’s strange new worlds, from inside giant peaches to giant chocolate factories. To celebrate thirty years since the publication of The BFG, Puffin has released both Jubilee paperback and limited edition hardback editions, as well as former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s biography The Fantastic Mr Dahl.
Explore further at www.roalddahl.com.
Photo of David Walliams and Felicity Dahl getting reading for Dahlicious Dress Up Day on 28 September.
Credit: Jon Cartwright