September is Roald Dahl month. Why celebrate just one day when you can have a whole month of fun?!
Originally launched September 13, 2006 to celebrate what would have been the British writer’s 90th birthday, Roald Dahl Day has expanded to a full month of festivities. British Dahl fans have the opportunity to visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire and enjoy month-long treats but Australian Dahl fans can also get involved.
Notably, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of Dahl’s classic James and the Giant Peach and that’s a peachy reason to celebrate! You’ll find heaps of free downloadable peachy party stuff including posters, stickers and activities at the Roald Dahl Day website. There’s also fun to be had with ‘Follow that Peach!’ where kids are asked to ‘roll a virtual peach’ – at last count, there were over three thousand peaches in transit around the world.
Collectors won’t want to miss the superb limited special edition of James and the Giant Peach, designed by sculptor Antony Gormley. Publisher Puffin asked six of today’s greatest design and style icons to re-design and illustrate their favourite Puffin book, to celebrate Puffin’s seventieth anniversary and Gormley chose Dahl – “Books should be good to hold and good to look at as well as good to read” he said.
Gormley’s James and the Giant Peach is available online (prices vary but we did locate it at Book Depository for $157.25). Australian customers also have an opportunity to win one through online book store, Fishpond – nice to know if you are filling gaps in your Roald Dahl collection.