100 years ago today a literacy legend was born!
Roahl Dahl has entertained, amused and brought a tear to the eye of many many people with his most excellent story telling! However before bringing some of most loved characters to life, Dahl spent a few years in the Royal Air Force before his flying days literally came to a smashing end when his plane crash landed in Egypt. Soon after he embarked on his writing career with his short stories being published in various magazines in America and he also created mysterious and macabre stories aimed at adults. Anyone of a certain age will remember ‘Tales of the Unexpected’, which are currently available to download from the Sky Arts channel, and trying to work out the twist in the tale.
Ironically the first children’s book Dahl wrote was not a success, he wrote The Gremlins (not to be confused with the 80’s film) in 1942 after being commissioned by Walt Disney. It was almost 20 more years before his next children’s book was published – James and the Giant Peach and the rest they say, is history!
To get into the spirit here are some whoopsy-splunkers things to go and see!
- Get down to one of our great libraries to stock up on his books – many people took part in the successful ‘Big Friendly Read’ this summer and just because the nights are drawing in, that shouldn’t stop you reading! Use the libraries or lose them as there is nothing better than relaxing with a good book and a refreshing glass of Frobscottle!
- Venture a little bit out of town and visit The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden – the village where Dahl lived and drew inspiration from in his books.
- How about a Roald Dahl inspired afternoon tea? The Shard in London are offering some scrumptious treats including Mr Twit’s bird pie, Giant Peach meringue, Grubber Sweetshop Giant Wangdoodles and more, to be accompanied by a selection of tea from The Wee Tea Company!
- Dinner with The Twits is a show and dinner where you will be served all kinds of gruesome delicacies!
Whatever you do to celebrate, make sure it is Frothbuggling!