As well as the huge City of the Unexpected
event taking place across the city of Cardiff on 17-18 September, Dahl-inspired exhibitions, sessions and activities will be popping up around the country beforehand. There will be songs, music, dancing, theatre performances, readings, workshops and writings, plus plenty of sneaky surprises that would have no doubt tickled Dahl pink. Let your imagination run free at these gems this summer
Roald Dahl exhibition
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (all summer)
The National Library of Wales will be showing some of Roald Dahl’s original manuscripts throughout the summer. These include a single page from the first draft manuscript of James and the Giant Peach
and two pages from the typed draft transcript of James and the Giant Peach
. You can also see an ink and pencil illustration of the peach being flown by seagulls, created by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.
James and the Giant Peach by ©Quentin Blake 2016
This exhibition is a celebration of Quentin Blake, the man behind hundreds of illustrations in the books of Roald Dahl. Visitors can get an insight into the work that goes into producing each illustration from start to finish, plus there are examples of some of his most famous works including sketches from The Twits
and Danny, the Champion of the World
Throughout August, libraries across Wales are running the Big Friendly Read, a summer initiative to get children reading. This year's challenge encourages children to explore invention, adventure, mischief, word play, child champions and friendship – all things that Roald Dahl explored.
The BFG by ©Quentin Blake 2016
Roald Dahl Archives event
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (10 August)
An archivist from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is giving a special talk to children about what archives are, what they are for and what you can find in them. There will be the chance to view rarely seen items and learn fascinating secrets about Dahl’s stories.
Wales Millennium Centre welcomes its largest exhibition to date: The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl. It is set to be a magical, interactive experience featuring original manuscripts, handwritten letters, artefacts from the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre and loads of surprises. Visitors can learn all about Dahl's varied life and works, finding out about the pure imagination and craft behind the magic.
The Twits by ©Quentin Blake 2016
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (26 August)
The Children's Poet Laureate of Wales, Anni Llŷn, is hosting a morning of fun and poetry. Anni will show children around exhibition pieces then help them to write their own poetry inspired by Dahl's mischievous characters. The event will be held in Welsh.
Illyria Theatre Company presents a summer outdoor performance of one of Dahl's children's classics on the lawn in St. Donats Arts Centre. Danny and his dad, who loves to poach pheasants, live and work together. When Danny's dad doesn't come home after an attempt to poach pheasants from a wealthy landowner, Danny, with the help of fellow villagers, sets out to rescue him. Watch the much-loves tale unfold in the great outdoors. You can bring a picnic to nibble on and a rug in case it gets chilly.
Want to join in the fun and mischief? Find out where you can involved in the hundreds of events taking place across Wales this year to celebrate the work of Roald Dahl.