ROALD DAHL’S PHIZZ-WHIZZING CEN­TE­NARY

Next year marks 100 years since the in­ge­nious sto­ry­teller’s birth on 13 Septem­ber 1916, and Bri­tain is cel­e­brat­ing in style.

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Do you re­mem­ber your first Roald Dahl en­counter or the mo­ment you first shared his sto­ries with your child? Per­haps it was be­ing thrilled by Willy Wonka’s Choco­late Fac­tory, or recit­ing ‘Re­volt­ing Rhymes’. Maybe it was feel­ing magic in ‘Matilda’, fear­ing pointy toes in ‘The Witches’, soar­ing with James on a Gi­ant Peach or learn­ing that not all gi­ants are bad in ‘The BFG’. (Mine was trav­el­ling through space in the Great Glass El­e­va­tor.)

No mat­ter what your rec­ol­lec­tion, nearly all of us have a mem­ory of Roald Dahl. Since his first kids’ book in 1943 (‘The Grem­lins’), he has ruled chil­dren’s – and adults’ – hearts as a gifted sto­ry­teller and a mas­ter of the imag­i­nary.

In 2016, the world cel­e­brates the cen­te­nary of his birth with events tak­ing place across the United King­dom. In Cardiff, where Dahl was born, an ex­trav­a­ganza called City of the Un­ex­pected will take over the Welsh cap­i­tal in Septem­ber, while the Roald Dahl Mu­seum and Story Cen­tre in Great Mis­senden, Buck­ing­hamshire, will fete the an­niver­sary with a fo­cus on each of his best­loved sto­ries over the course of the year. And for every­one around the world, there will be free Roald Dahl 100 party kits to be down­loaded from the web­site to cel­e­brate the world’s num­ber one sto­ry­teller on his birthday, 13 Septem­ber.

For any young fans of lit­er­a­ture, choco­late fac­to­ries or mischief, Roald Dahl 100 is sure to be the most scrum­did­dlyump­tious time to visit the land­scapes that gave rise to some of our favourite sto­ries.

START­ING AT THE SOUTH­BANK

Im­merse your­self in the cre­ativ­ity of Dahl at Fe­bru­ary’s ground-break­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at the South­bank Cen­tre in Lon­don. The se­crets of his craft will be on dis­play and brought to life from the mu­seum’s unique archive with a the­atri­cal flour­ish. Af­ter in­spir­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of creative writ­ers un­til the English sum­mer, the ex­hi­bi­tion will move to the Wales Mil­len­nium Cen­tre in Cardiff.

CITY OF THE UN­EX­PECTED

In hon­our of the sto­ry­teller’s birthday in Septem­ber, this week­end- long city- wide fes­ti­val is set to trans­form the ev­ery­day sights of Cardiff into won­ders from Dahl’s imag­i­na­tion. The co­pro­duc­tion be­tween the Na­tional The­atre Wales and Wales Mil­len­nium Cen­tre will be di­rected by Nigel Jamieson, the maestro re­spon­si­ble for the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Syd­ney Olympic Games, so you can be sure it will be truly spec­tac­u­lar.

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