Roald Dahl, the famous writer, was part of my childhood, as I grew up reading and learning about his books and watching film adaptations of his work.
Roald was born on the 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff. He spent his early years in Cardiff after the death of his father and sister, being educated in British Schools.
Roald Dahl was part of the Royal Air Force when World War Two began at the young age of 23.
Dahl didn’t study writing professionally; he was educated at a boarding school in St. Peter’s and then in 1929 to a school in Derbyshire.
Roald Dahl’s life experiences are what got him started with writing stories. His first piece of work, published in 1942 (When Roald was 26), was entitled “A Piece of Cake”. This was a story about his wartime adventures, however Roald Dahl became famous for his work in children’s writing – his first children’s book was called The Gremlins.
When talking about what he is most proud of, Roald Dahl said his children’s books made him more proud than the stories he wrote for adults. This was because he found them harder and more challenging to write noting that ‘its tougher to keep a child interested’.
Dahl is celebrated for many of his children’s books, a lot of which have been adapted into films. He is best known for stories such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda.
On his website Roald states that his favourite thing about writing is inventing new stories and offers 7 tips on what he thought was necessary to anyone wanting to start a career in fiction writing. These include ‘Have a lively imagination’, ‘have a keen sense of humour’ and ‘have strong self-discipline’.
Roald Dahl died on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74, but remains an inspiration to many.
He inspires me because he had a unique way of thinking and his stories are always something out of the ordinary.
More information on Roald can by found on his official website, www.roalddahl.com
(Written by Ruby Eastwood)