26 Twits

It’s Dahlicious

On the 13th of September this year, Roald Dahl would have celebrated his centenary. 26 decided to join in the celebrations with a project that combines Dahl’s wicked way with words, his extraordinary cast of characters and his constant illustrations’ companion – Quentin Blake. We called it 26 Twits, and invited 26 writers to come along for the ride.

We asked our intrepid 26 Twits (and two bonus Twits for good measure) to choose a Roald Dahl’s children’s character, to write a 100 word piece on; from the starring roles to the unsung heroes. Each writer chose a young illustrator to join them on the journey, and many also worked with schools and communities to engage and inspire other children with Dahl’s tales.

From the 4th of August we will be releasing a 100 word piece from one of our writers, as well as their young illustrator’s artwork. Each piece contains a dahlicious new word of the author’s own invention, and on the 13th of September we will release all the words created as well as their meanings while we toast Dahl at the Free Word Centre.

So please take a look at 26 Twits, with writers from 26 in collaboration with junior artists.

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
26-jane
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley