Quentin Blake

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Sarah McIntyre’s Pictures Mean Business. Pictures “make stories come alive for children. When children pull a book off the shelf that they can’t read yet, they choose the book for the pictures.” Illustration: Sara McIntyre

In January, leading industry magazine The Bookseller published a chart listing the top 20 illustrators in the UK in 2018. Tony Ross, who has created t(...)

Illustration by Dearbhla Kelly: ‘I went with this because I couldn’t choose a favourite character so I just tried to cram as many references (from memory) in there as possible’

Roddy Doyle I didn’t know Roald Dahl’s books when I was a child and I’ve never read his adult fiction. I started to read his children’s books when I(...)

Jeremy Irons, Samuel Irons and Cyril Cusack in the 1989 movie of ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’

In May, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG played out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Almost all critics agreed that the combination of Spielberg(...)

Roald Dahl-inspired afternoon tea at the Shard

There’s scarcely a story-lover who hasn’t been bewitched by The Witches, fallen in love with the BFG or wished for a golden ticket thanks to Roald Dah(...)

Photograph by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott – Natalia Vodianova in Ann Demeulemeester and ‘wolf’ in Tom Ford. Hair and wolf mask by Julien d’Ys. UK, September 2009. Courtesy the Conde Nast publications

Roald Dahl and Grace Coddington may have inhabited wildly different worlds – hers fashion, his literature – but the acclaimed stylist and famous writ(...)

Author Roald Dahl (1916 - 1995), born in Wales of Norwegian parentage. Photograph by Dumant/Getty Images

Here are some things that happen in Roald Dahl’s books for children: A duck-hunting family have their arms replaced with wings while giant ducks wi(...)

Some hate mail from Mr Bingo

One night, illustrator Mr Bingo was in his studio having a few drinks and looking at his extensive collection of vintage postcards. “It’s a shame I’v(...)

A story written by children’s author Beatrix Potter more than 100 years ago will be published in September. Photograph: Thinkstock

A story written by children’s author Beatrix Potter more than 100 years ago will be published in September. The manuscript, titled The Tale Of Kitt(...)

When you’re 10 years of age, Roald Dahl’s The Twits is hilarious, with the main eponymous characters serving as a note of caution to children who m(...)

Learning to spin at the Ulster American Folk Park

As adults, we tend to have a certain reverence for cultural institutions: walking at a funereal pace around art galleries in silence, we pause in f(...)

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