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Roald Dahl remembered with month-long celebrations

13th September 2010

The life of one of the best-loved children's authors is to be celebrated with a month-long series of events, as Roald Dahl Day is expanded.

After launching on September 13th 2006 and originally lasting just one day, the event has proven so popular that a full month of activities will now celebrate Dahl's career, ranging from live action versions of Fantastic Mr Fox to a mass reading of Matilda in the Black Country.

Former children's laureate Michael Rosen has launched the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize to celebrate the best emerging books for young readers, while an opera based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is also debuting in October.

Rosen said that Dahl's propensity to shock, surprise and amaze has not dimmed despite it being 20 years since his death.

He continued: 'On Roald Dahl Day, we remember his contribution to the world of children's books and hear from people who knew him and worked with him. But these occasions aren't sombre or sad - they are full of fun, jokes and discoveries.'

Other events set to mark Dahl's contribution to literature include a theatrical adaptation of George's Marvellous Medicine at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea, with the theatre urging audience members to come dressed as their favourite character from the author's books.

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