Roald Dahl Day

Each year on September 13th, people all over the world celebrate the storytelling genius of Roald Dahl. The great man would have been 98 tomorrow and his life will be honoured and his literary works remembered by people young and old taking part in weird and wonderful fun events. Among his published writing Dahl wrote 20 books for children, many of which are quite rightly regarded as some of the greatest children’s stories of all time. The world is surely a more wonderful place because of them.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” – The Witches

“‘If they want to be horrible, let them,’ said Mr Fox. ‘We down here are decent peace-loving people.’” – Fantastic Mr Fox

“Matilda said, ‘Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…’” – Matilda

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – The Minpins

Mr Dahl

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is a writer, poet, rapper, playwright and spoken word artist. She was awarded The Ted Hugh’s Award For New Work in Poetry in 2012, her debut album has just been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and she has just taken her place on The 2014 Next Generation Poets list, a list which is only complied every 10 years. Not bad for someone who started out performing on the night bus and is still only 28. Read more about the awesome storyteller here.

Kate Tempest