Roald Dahl

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl. He was born in 1916 and has written many books for children and adults. His most popular work are his children’s stories filled with humour and many of them have been made into films. Some of his famous work include:

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Charlie and the Chocolate factory
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • The Witches
  • Matilda
  • The BFG
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood


Boy: Tales of Childhood is an autobiography about his early school life. In the introduction of this book Roald Dahl writes about his memories:

“Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. I suppose that is why I have always remembered them so vividly. All are true.”

Think about an experience in your childhood that was either funny, painful or unpleasant. You can write about your experience or speak about it to a friend.

Choose a Roald Dahl book or short story to read. If the story has been made into a film, watch the film after you have read the book.

To learn more about writing about yourself go to Autobiography.