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On 13th September 2020 the world will be celebrating Roald Dahl, his characters, stories and books. This is an annual event that runs every September and has grown over the years with various celebrations and events across schools, libraries, online, and at home. You probably already know some of his stories having read them as a child or read them to your own children at story time. A much loved children’s author whose most popular books include Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, BFG, and the Fantastic Mr Fox. Selling over 250 million copies worlwide. Why not join us in taking a look at some of the ways you can revisit and rejoice in all things Roald Dahl during September.

Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1916 to Norwegian Parents and named after the explorer Roald Admundsen who was the first man to reach the South Pole in 1912. He went to boarding school at St Peter’s, Weston Super-Mare and then in 1929 to Repton in Derbyshire where it’s believed the inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came from. Pupils at Repton were used by Cadburys to taste and rate new products before going to market. This started a lifelong love of chocolate for Roald Dahl and probably many other pupils at the school and gave him the inspiration to create the amazing world and story of Charlie.

Interesting fact – Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during the second world war.

So how can you celebrate?
You could re-read one of his books or check out one you’ve never read before, watch one of the movies based on his work or learn more about the man online www.roalddahl.com. Some events that have taken place in the past like themed parties and library sessions may be on hold this year due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t have to stop you enjoying and celebrating Roald Dahl’s work. Using digital and getting online means there are still tons of fantastic ways to get you and the kids involved, learning more, and celebrating together.

There’s a free online trivia night on 11th September

A free Charlie and the Chocolate Factory online workshop on 24th September

Watch Stanley Tucci (an American Hollywood actor) read part of Roald Dahls the Witches. Stanley will be appearing alongside other famous actors such as Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer in a new upcoming fantasy comedy film to be released sometime later this year or early next year.

You can even take a virtual tour around the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in the Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden

How to read his books digitally
There are lots of ways to download and read all of Roald Dahl’s books. Probably the most popular and well stocked is Amazon’s Kindle eBook service where you’ll find them on sale from £3.99. Amazon also make and sell various eBook reader devices such as the Kindle, but you don’t need to splash out if you already have a tablet or smartphone. Simply download the Kindle app from your Android or IOS app store and create an account or log in with your existing Amazon account.

Audible (also owned by Amazon) and other popular online audiobook sites/services offer all of the stories to you as either a one off fee or a monthly subscription. These stories are often read by famous actors and actresses and you either stream them to your device over the internet or download a file to listen to wherever and whenever the mood takes you. A monthly subscription to www.Audible.co.uk starts at £7.99 a month and they are currently offering a 30 day free trial.

Movies and how to watch them digitally
Many of Roald Dahls books have been made into movies, below are just some of them. You can watch them all on many of the popular online video streaming services like Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube. They all have a great selection to choose from:

• Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
• Charlie and the chocolate Factory (2005)
• The BFG (1989) & (2016)
• Matilda (1996)
• James and the Giant Peach (1996)
• Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
• Esio Trot (2015)
• Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

Netflix is available for a monthly subscription of £5.99. Amazon prime video costs from £5.99 and YouTube rents out films from £3.99 or you can choose to purchase. All can be watched on a smart TV, Laptop, smartphone or tablet. There are also various screenplay adaptations on the BBC, check them out via the BBC iPlayer. Netflix, Prime, and YouTube all offer apps for Android and IOS devices and can be found in your device’s app store.

“Roald Dahl believed in the importance of children and in helping them overcome life’s toughest challenges. He was one of the world’s most imaginative and loved storytellers and he left an enduring legacy. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity helps and empowers every seriously ill child to lead a marvellous life. One way we do this is through establishing specialist Roald Dahl Nurses in hospitals and communities across the UK.” (Roalddahl.com) If you are able and would like to gift a donation please follow this link https://www.roalddahl.com/charity/donate

So! What’s stopping you from enjoying some of the great stories available and celebrating the work of a man who wanted to bring joy and happiness to children (?)
We hope you’ve found this article inspiring and some of the links and resources useful and entertaining. Despite the current situation affecting us today there are ways to enjoy lots of amazing things together with friends and family. If you’d like help with any digital elements discussed in this article or would like skills training and support or want to find out more about our project contact us on 0330 088 3005 or [email protected].

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