On 13 September 2016 the world will celebrate the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl. We thought 26 should be part of that celebration so we’re inviting members to sign up for a special project we’re calling 26 Twits in honour of one of Roald Dahl’s funniest books.
We’re concentrating on his children’s books for this project. To remind you of just a few: The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Esio Trot,Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Witches. There are more, most of them brilliantly illustrated by Quentin Blake – and all of them are filled with extraordinary characters, and all of them fizz with the joy of writing. In doing so they have created new generations of readers, writers and artists.
We invite 26 members to take part in this project. You will need to choose a favourite character from Dahl’s books – actually choose a couple so that we can make sure we get a wide range, we want to avoid duplications. If you’re lucky enough to be selected (preference given to members who’ve never taken part in a 26 project before) we’ll confirm and give you a full brief. The basic outline is:
write 100 words on your chosen character, inspired by Roald Dahl’s writing
choose a junior artist you know (your own child, grandchild, friend’s child) to create an illustration to your writing.
If possible, establish links with the child’s school. Perhaps it will involve a reading, talk and class project. We aim to bring everything together for 13 September when we will have a website and possibly a booklet of the work, as well as a stream of 26 Twits tweets.