THE ROALD DAHL MU­SEUM & STORY CEN­TRE

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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.

GLO­RI­OUS BOOKS!

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.”

ROALD DAHL

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