Roald Dahl 100 in Wales

Roald Dahl 100 in WalesWales programme for Roald Dahl’s centenary in 2016 is unveiled

Today, Wales was first in-line to announce a programme of events to celebrate the centenary of Welsh born author and the world’s number one story teller, Roald Dahl in 2016.

The Welsh Government, National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre and Literature Wales have today announced the Wales programme of events to celebrate the centenary. The announcement was made at the Norwegian Church, where Roald Dahl was baptised and which always remained close to the author’s heart.

The Roald Dahl 100 celebrations coincide with ‘Wales: Year of Adventure’ in 2016 and Roald Dahl himself was no stranger to adventure – whether as a child getting up to well-documented mischief in the local sweetshop or as a young pilot during World War Two. There are even rumours that he was a spy in the mould of James Bond! In his writing for children, Roald Dahl took his characters and readers on a series of unforgettable adventures – including James’ transatlantic flight in a giant peach, Charlie’s journey through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and Sophie’s travels with The BFG.

During 2016, the Wales Programme will include City of the Unexpected, a city-wide performance celebrating all things Dahl, produced by National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre, and a programme of outreach events by Literature Wales taking the wonders of Roald Dahl and his characters far and wide. Roald Dahl’s work will also be celebrated through an exhibition of illustrations by Quentin Blake and World Book Day.

With Welsh Government support, Literature Wales is now inviting ideas for Roald Dahl literary events from all corners of Wales. So if you want to be part of this adventurous year, please let us know, and help us make sure that this centenary truly belongs to all the people of Wales. And let’s claim Roald Dahl back as one of ours! Expressions of interest should be sent to post@literaturewales.org with the subject line ‘Roald Dahl 100 Wales’.