Just the lit­tle mat­ter of Dahl’s big day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

ROALD Dahl fans vis­ited Great Mis­senden on Satur­day to cel­e­brate the leg­endary au­thor’s birth­day.

The Roald Dahl Mu­seum also launched the new edi­tion of Billy and the Min­pins, il­lus­trated for the first time by Quentin Blake, on the same day.

The orig­i­nal book was pub­lished in 1991, ti­tled The Min­pins, a few months af­ter the au­thor’s death, and tells the tale of a boy who dis­cov­ers a whole city of lit­tle peo­ple liv­ing in­side a tree.

A week­end full of jam­packed ac­tiv­i­ties was planned as peo­ple helped to cre­ate a world of Min­pins.

They also dec­o­rated a Min­pin home and helped the mu­seum’s rov­ing noise-nap­per cap­ture some swash­bog­gling sounds to build a Min­pin for­est sound­scape.

There were also Min­pin sto­ry­telling ses­sions through­out the week­end, along with mag­i­cal Min- pin crafts, bal­loon mod­el­ling and a rov­ing ma­gi­cian, tours of Roald Dahl’s ar­chive and guided vil­lage trails.

Mr Blake was asked this year to il­lus­trate the au­thor’s last story for its re­pub­li­ca­tion.

The tiny Min­pins are a magic, hid­den se­cret that only Billy truly knows, but fans al­lowed a glimpse of them through the new draw­ings.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues un­til April 2018.

Turn to pages 26 & 27 to see how schools across Bucks cel­e­brated

Qunetin Blake’s work on dis­play; (above left) col­lec­tion man­ager and ar­chiv­ist Rachel White; (above right) Ava, nine, and Ryan, six, watch­ing the BFG

Louis, six, and Rob Browne

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