A world of pure imagination

Mrs Penfold's daughter Anna Stuart and her friends Natalie Mather and Elle Wedding-Lazarus can't get enough of Roald Dahl.
Mrs Penfold’s daughter Anna Stuart and her friends Natalie Mather and Elle Wedding-Lazarus can’t get enough of Roald Dahl.

Tumut will say happy birthday to Roald Dahl this Tuesday, September 13, participating in a global celebration of the loved writer’s unmatched imaginative powers.

A special event will be held at St Stephens Church Hall, opposite Tumut Public School, from 3.30 until 5pm. It will centre around games and craft activities that draw on Dahl’s widely read children’s books.

Kids can ‘pin the newt on the trunchbull’ at the Matilda station; put a blindfold on and find the jelly snake in the spaghetti bowl at the Twits station; or draw a dream and place it in the BFG dream jar, among other activities.

Chocolate bars will be given out on arrival, with five golden tickets hidden within. There will also be Dahl-themed decorations and a Dahl-inspired cake.

Event organiser Brook Penfold said she discovered the delights of Roald Dahl when reading the books to her own children.

“His stories can be so inspirational for kids and adults alike,” she said. “My husband and I sit down every night with my children to read his books. We tend to read the book and then watch the film. I was quite passionate about it, and I wanted to share that passion with other parents.

“My husband read the books when he was a kid, and now his mother is reading those same books to her grandchildren.”

Roald Dahl’s books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. They include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and the BFG.

The author passed away in 1990, but otherwise would have turned 100 this Tuesday. He continued writing up until he died, with Matilda being published only two years previously.

Fans of his books around the world are seizing the opportunity on Tuesday to celebrate his iconic works, get together with other devotees of Dahl, and have fun!

However, there is one element of Dahl’s life that teachers and parents perhaps won’t be emphasising. “The other thing I like about Roald Dahl was that he wasn’t a very good student,” Mrs Penfold said. “His spell was terrible, his writing was terrible, he got terrible reports! For me, it shows you don’t have to be good at school to go on to achieve great things.”

There are limited spaces for the Tuesday event – RSVP by calling Mrs Penfold on 0437480128.