Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff in 1916 and at the age of 23 joined the RAF. He began writing after a plane crash in which he suffered serious injuries.
Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden – surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase full of logs (which he used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers) – Roald Dahl wrote classics such as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, THE BFG, MATILDA and lots more!
Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on 13 September every year, on what would have been his birthday. His many books remain as popular as ever. To discover more visit