Roald Dahl 100

Roald Dahl was born on 13 September 1916 and was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.  His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.

Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and he became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century".His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards'Children's Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comicmood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters.  His books champion the kind-hearted, and feature an underlying warm sentiment. Dahl's works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda, The Witches,Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.

If you would like to find out more about Roald Dahl, take a look at his official website below.  There's lots on it for everyone!

Official Roald Dahl Website


To celebrate the birth of Roald Dahl 100 years ago, the children set about making Mr Twit's beard from lots of different materials and even decided amongst themselves what sort of food he ate and the inventions had discovered.  Take a look at the photographs below to see what the children got up to: