THE ROALD DAHL MUSEUM & STORY CENTRE
For 10 years, this centre has been the ultimate destination for all things Dahl. There are three galleries aimed at six- to 12-year-olds and their families, each featuring hands-on exhibits and displays: creating your own stopframe animations, delving into the cockpit of a WWII Gladiator ( the type of plane Dahl once flew), rating yourself with the Sparkometer, and, of course, storytelling. In honour of Roald Dahl 100, the museum will spend the year journeying through the wealth of stories, both from the author’s life and his books, with themed activity weeks and weekends. January begins with a look at our storyteller’s childhood in Wales and Norway (well documented and reimagined in ‘Boy’) and December ends with ‘The Minpins’, his last published work released in August 1991.
It wouldn’t be a Dahlian celebration without lots of lovely books. For World Book Day in March, Puffin will be releasing a special £1 book, ‘The Great Mouse Plot’ with definitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, as well as releasing new editions of all of Dahl’s children’s books. In June, English and the made-up vocabulary of Gobblefunk will be celebrated within the pages of ‘The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary’ while ‘Roald Dahl: A Life in Letters’, compiled by Donald Sturrock, offers new insight into this brilliant mind, all in his own words.
THE BFG ON SCREEN
Yes, the Big Friendly Giant and his human chiddler companion, Sophie, are set to make their silver-screen debut in July 2016, joining with Her Majester Queen Elizabeth II to battle the human bean-eating giants to save the people of England. The film will be Steven Spielberg’s first as director for a Disney production, with stage stalwart Mark Rylance taking on the role of the 24-foot BFG, newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie and Penelope Wilton of ‘Downton Abbey’ fame as the Queen.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”