Just the little matter of Dahl’s big day
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