Roald Dahl Day

Kids, Book events
Illustration of Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Illustration: Quentin Blake

Does the quirky British author hold a special place in your heart? The Melbourne Writers Festival's Roald Dahl day is where it's at for adults and kids alike

This September marks the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, and Melbourne Writers Festival is celebrating by putting on a whole day of Roald Dahl-themed events, workshops and exhibitions at Fed Square. Whether you're a parent or you're drawn back to stories like Matilda, The Witches or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory time and time again, this is sure to be a warm-hearted highlight of the festival.

First up for the day is Roald Dahl Story Time (10.30am), where little ones will lose themselves in the animal escapades of The Fantastic Mr Fox. Stick around for a screening of the ABC documentary Matilda and Me (11.30am), which tells the story of how Tim Minchin turned the much-loved book about everyone's favourite little genius into a smash hit musical.  

Budding illustrators will jump at the chance to learn How to Draw the BFG (noon), while diehard Dahl fans will flock to Roald Dahl Trivia (12.30pm). For the entirety of the festival, the Fed Square Atrium will play host to an exhibition titled Cover to Cover: Roald Dahl Around the World, which will showcase Dahl book covers: think Matilda from Japan, James and the Giant Peach in Afrikaans or a French version of The Witches.

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