On this day, 13th September 1916 Roald Dahl, British writer of many famous children’s books, was born.
Dahl’s short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children’s books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour. His works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, George’s Marvellous Medicine, and The Twits.
He has been called “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century” He rose to prominence in the 1940s and has since received many awards, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990. (Wikipedia)
The State Library of New South Wales holds many editions of Roald Dahl’s works and translations in many languages, including Russian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Turkish, Italian, Korean and Macedonian.
Matilda, the Musical is now showing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.