I like Quentin Blake as much as the next Dahl fan, but lately I’ve been admiring some of the non-Blake covers of Dahl’s books. Some of them are older; some of them are from languages other than English. Aren’t they great?
Many thanks to Dahl super fan Dr. Ian Inkster for sharing with us five original Dahl-inspired songs he’s written! You can find them all on YouTube:
How Roald Dahl’s wife inspired the BFG’s magical way with words – Lovely story about the way Roald Dahl got inspiration from his wife Patricial Neal’s way of speaking after her aneurysm in 1965.
Did you know that Funko have introduced even more Wonka figurines? Check it out!
Yesterday Kris participated in an interview about Roald Dahl with Laura Rawlings on BBC Radio Bristol. You can listen to it here (fast-forward to about 1:26:00 to find the right bit). They talked about Dahl’s life growing up, his experiences in the War, and his lucky break as a writer. They also talked about Wally Saunders, the inspiration for the BFG. Thanks Laura – it was a lot of fun!
Walter Saunders, a 6ft 5in local builder, spoke with a thick rural accent, had a bulbous nose and sported a long, wrinkly face which beamed with warmth – characteristics which Dahl used to create the BFG.
The Daily Mail Online has a lovely article today about Wally Saunders, Roald Dahl’s friend and inspiration for The BFG. I was actually lucky enough to meet Wally myself in 2000 when I visited Gipsy House. He was a charming old fellow, but it did amuse me that I towered over the BFG!
Penny Alexander of A Residence has put together a map of over 100 places around the world related to Roald Dahl’s books and films. The post also mentions many activities happening in the UK this year to celebrate the Dahl centenary.
There has never been a better time to theme your travel adventures around the stunning places that inspired Roald Dahl’s books or were used as film locations, from the Old Man of Hoy in the Orkneys used as the giant land in The BFG, to The Headland Hotel, Newquay, location for the The Witches, these places are magical, …
Many thanks to Jo from Wayfair for sharing this fantastic blog post with us!
If you live in London, there’s an amazing two-day event for children aged 8-12 coming up in August that will immerse them in the West End’s production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before it heads to Broadway!
BBC Radio 4 have been airing lots of programs recently about Roald Dahl in honour of his 100th birthday. If you’re in the UK (or know how to get around a geo-block!), you can even listen online. You can see all the links on the BBC site here. Many thanks to Rachel Preece for her excellent blog write-up!
I’ve also added details about the programs for future reference on the Radio Shows page: