13 September: Roald Dahl Day

Monday 12 September 2011, 16:23

Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

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Tuesday 13 September marks the annual Roald Dahl Day, a celebration of the life and work of the Cardiff-born author on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Read an article by Wales History blogger Phil Carradice about Roald Dahl and his Cardiff connection, plus read a blog post I wrote last year that marked the 20th anniversary of the author's death.

There's also a really interesting article on Dahl, and the darkness within his children's books, on the BBC News Magazine website.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

For the last couple of days Radio 4 Extra have been including Dahl-esque features on The 4 O'Clock Show. You can listen again on BBC iPlayer to previous shows, which include Johnny Depp and Tim Burton talking about making Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Roald Dahl himself on his love of chocolate; while another show hears from the original Willy Wonka Gene Wilder, plus Quentin Blake takes listeners around his art studio.

On this Friday's show presenter Mel Giedroyc introduces a tour of Dahl's very own garden, complete with his writer's hut and his famous gypsy caravan. While a week today on Monday 19 September, Miriam Margolyes begins to read James And The Giant Peach - which is 50 years old this year having been published in 1961 - especially for the show.

There's lots of info and ideas on how you can mark the day on the official Roald Dahl Day website, www.roalddahlday.info. Let us know if you've got anything planned!

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