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Roald Dahl Themed Celebrations at The National Library of Wales


As part of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, some of Roald Dahl’s original manuscripts can be seen at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth this Summer.

The exhibition at The National Library of Wales is supported by Welsh Government and forms part of the Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations taking place throughout 2016.

A single page from first draft manuscript of ‘James and the Giant Peach’, two pages from the typed transcript of the second draft 'James and the Giant Peach' and an illustration by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, 'The peach being flown by seagulls'; ink drawing with pencil colouring, 1961 will be on display throughout the Summer months.

Linda Tomos, National Librarian The National Library of Wales said:

“We are very proud to have on display some of the original manuscripts at The National Library of Wales, and look forward to meeting many new visitors as we celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary at the Library.”

Ken Skates AM, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure who is also responsible for Culture, Tourism, and Heritage in Wales, said: 

" Celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl has given people throughout Wales a chance to get know the world's number 1 storyteller better and to celebrate through song, music, dance and of course -  reading and writing. This year we celebrate Year of Adventure in Wales which is a perfect fit with such a great ambassador for adventure - and there are plenty more adventures to be had as we look forward to his birthday in September.  I'm delighted that the National Library has been able to secure these manuscripts to have on display and the event next month promises to be a gloriumptious event."

Linda Tomos added:

“Roald Dahl’s  contribution to the fields of children’s literature, poetry and screenwriting are unparalleled, and his subversive, humorous and darkly clever tales continue to entertain and thrill children across the world.”

The Archivist, Rachel White, from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre will be visiting The National Library of Wales to hold a special event for children on the 10th of August.  This will explore the idea of what an archive is and look at some of the fascinating secrets behind Roald Dahl’s amazing stories.   Suitable for children aged 8+ with free admission by ticket.

Anni Llŷn, Children's Poet Laureate of Wales, will be on hand to welcome all of Mid Wales's little monsters for a session filled to the brim with fun and preposterous poetry on the 26th August 10am – 12noon! There will be an opportunity to have a look around the exhibition and draw inspiration from the master of mischief himself, Roald Dahl. Be prepared to rhyme, compose silly lines and fall about in stitches. Suitable for children aged 7-11yearsWorkshop held in Welsh. Free admission by ticket.

To end the Summer holidays, join us for a Roald Dahl tea party on Saturday 10th of September.  Creative writing workshops for Children (Years 5 and 6) will also take place during the day and children will be encouraged to take inspiration from Roald Dahl’s The BFG to create their own Welsh giants.

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