Roald Dahl

by; Morgan Rountree


Roald Dahl was born September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, Whales, When his sister was born in 1918 his family moved to Radyr. his father and his sister died in 1920. The same year his mother gave birth to his younger sister. After the death of his father and sister, his mother and 3 other sisters moved back to Llandaff, Whales. There he started school at St Peter's, Weston-super-Mare in 1925. Four years later Roald Dahl moved to Repton where he finished his schooling.

Roald Dahl's writing career began in the 1940's. In December 1942 - April 1943 Dahl worked on the gremlins. In 1946 Dahl moved back to the UK when his first short story was published. In 1948 Dahl published a dystopian titled 'Some Time Never'

it isn't until 1950 when Dahl's writing career really begins to take off. In 1951 Dahl meets his future wife, actress Patricia Neal. They marry in 1953.

1957 was a big year for Dahl. It was the year his daughter was born and the year his stories appeared in Alfred Hitchcock presents.

The publishing of Dahl's first famous book 'James and the Giant Peach' happens in November of 1961. Just one year after this publishing, his eldest daughter - Olivia, dies. In 1964 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is published and another child is born.

Some Of His Famous Work

Dahl's Later Life

Roald Dahl died November 23rd 1990 at the age of 73. The year of Dahl's death, the film version of his book 'The Witches' was released. Although Dahl died his legacy still continued, The publication of Dahl's final works; The Creation of Roald Dahl's Marvelous Children's Charity, happened the year after his death.

On September 13th 2006 we have the first ever Roald Dahl day.

In December 2010 The RSC's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda Opens. In April 2012 Matilda the Musical wins seven Oliver Awards. Just one year after that the RSC's musical adaptation opens in Broadway!

Dahl's legacy still continues today, his books are a huge part of so many people lives.
Roald Dahl: From Books To Film


Matilda Wormwood may only be a five year old girl but she is a genius. Unfortunately her parents do not care enough to notice. All sshe wants is to go to school and learn, and when she finally does, she has a horrible headmistress named Miss Trunchbull. Miss Trunchbull makes life very difficult for Matilda's beloved teacher, Miss Honey, and her friends. But what Miss Trunchbull doesn't know is that Matilda has the power of telekinesis!

Matilda won the Children's Book Award shortly after it was published in 1988, and it has continued to be loved by many children today. Early drafts of the story were actually quite different to the one we know now. At first, Matilda was a troubled girl who eventually decides to use her powers to help her teacher solve her financial problems - by fixing a horse race. Matilda became a movie in 1996 and a play in 2010! Matilda is still to this day a magical story known to children the world over.