|Posted by Enid Davies on January 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM|
The title of our next exhibition is Threads of the Unexpected inspired by the Author Roald Dahl celebrating the anniversary of his birth. This links also with the theme of Childrens’ literature for Swansea Festival.
Books, stories, curated collections, and other published works The Gremlins (1943) Over To You (1946) Adult stories about war Some Time Never (1948) Adult stories about Gremlins Someone Like You (1953) Adult stories has 18 short stories adult stories Kiss Kiss (1960) Adult has 11 macabre James and the Giant Peach (1961) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) The Magic Finger (1966) Fantastic Mr Fox (1968) Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972) Switch Bitch (1974) Adult Danny, the Champion of the World (1975) The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977) The Enormous Crocodile (1978) My Uncle Oswald (1979) Adult The Twits (1980) Reflected his hate of Beards George's Marvellous Medicine (1981) Revolting Rhymes (1982) Retold Fairy Tales, hilarious! The BFG (1982) Roald Dahls favourite, the keeper of dreams and odd words. Dirty Beasts (1983) Horrid beast poems The Witches (1983) one of the scariest childrens’ book Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (1983) other peoples stories, his choice Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984) about a boy similar to himself The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985) younger three characters Two Fables (1985) Adult stories Going Solo (1986) more about his life after Boy Matilda (1988) Rhyme Stew (1989) poems related to fairy tales for older children Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (1989) country tales, adult Esio Trot (1990)writing things backward can make magic The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991) Back to front dyslexia The Minpins (1991) Sin forest, local Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety (1991)to keep children safe My Year (1991) Nature diary Play scripts and film screenplays The Honeys (stage play, 1955) You Only Live Twice (film screenplay, 1967) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (co-wrote film screenplay, 1968) The Night Digger (film screenplay, 1971) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (co-wrote film screenplay, 1971) Anthologies and collections co-written by Roald Dahl or inspired by his writings The Roald Dahl Cookbook (1991) Revolting Recipes (1994) The Roald Dahl Treasury (1997) Animals, Magic, Family, Friends and Foes, Matters of Importance Even More Revolting Recipes (2001) Songs and Verse (2005) has seven themed sections bursting with monsters, ghastly children, magical creatures, unpleasant adults and - of course - a few surprises. More About Boy (2008) Completely Revolting Recipes (2009) or inventions although we are supposed to be looking at childrens’ literature The Meccano Chariot The Wade-Dahl-Till valve The Writing Chair
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977] is for older children. Check out the link there are seven stories.
What to do?
You can see that the choice is too long and too varied and is rather discombobulating! If you are currently working to a theme with your work I would recommend that you either latch on to a story that has at least a vague association with it and develop from there.
If you have a favourite story, stick to that, read through and make a note of the words or descriptions you liked, or the characters and develop from there, often his stories are based on where he lived, make your story be about where you live and make the characters your own, with the essence of Dahls story.
Interestingly at the museum quite a lot was made of his war experiences and Over To You (1946) has ten stories based on his experiences for those who wish to follow on from a WW1 experience. Or you may wish to look at his biography and work from that with some of his wacky ideas, although childrens literature is really the theme
The themes of his books have definite subject matter with children overcoming some adversity
There are several monsters that have a range of personalities and images, draw your own from descriptions
There are Witches, create your own
There is always a nasty person/people in each story somewhere nearly always grown ups
Food features in quite a few of them, quite a lot revolting
Animals are themed frequently too, either real imagined.
It is difficult not to think of the imagery of Roald Dahls books without the presence of Quentin Blake. However at the museum there was a useful challenge where one person per ports to be Dahl and describes the character, another puts themselves in the role of Blake and draws from the description. Have someone play the Dahl role, you play the Blake role and see what you come up with! Another challenge that came up at the museum was to design a new chocolate bar and invent a name for it! My granddaughter came up with loads! Use all the help you can get! There is an opportunity to be fun, and children are big money spinners, do not be afraid to think at their level, or release the child in you!
The BFG is being made into a film by Steven Steilberg released in July just before our Exhibition