Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Roald Dahl

PUBLISHED: 13:32 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:10 04 April 2017

Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl.


The Weston Mercury and Weston Town Council are giving you the chance to nominate which blue plaques will be installed in Weston-super-Mare first. Read these biographies and then cast your votes for your favourites.

Roald Dahl :: Children’s author

September 13, 1916 to November 23, 1990

They say your experiences as a child shape how you are as an adult – and if this is true then Roald Dahl’s schooling career in Weston-super-Mare must have formed the basis for some of his famous characters.

Roald Dahl is one of the United Kingdom’s most well-known, and best-loved, writers and more than 100 years after he was born, his work is still featured prominently in classrooms and libraries.

Dahl was sent to St Peter’s School in 1925 after he arrived from Wales on a paddle-steamer.

During World War Two, he served in the Royal Air Force and published his first children’s story during that time.

He wrote 19 novels in total, which continue to rank in the best-selling lists.

Although his schooling in Weston was not the happiest time for Dahl, his daughter Lucy acknowledged his early life greatly influenced his stories.

His accounts of life at St Peter’s conjure images of a ‘giant’ headmaster and a ‘female ogre’ matron – figures who would not have been out of place in many of his stories.

Though Dahl’s time in Weston may have been short, the town can surely claim some credit for inspiring some wonderful works of fiction.

Other News Stories


A host of hidden prizes lie waiting to be discovered across Weston-super-Mare this Easter holidays – and treasure seekers can support Weston Hospicecare by joining the hunt.

Read more

Don’t miss our weekly round-up of photos shared with us by our readers.

Read more

Hundreds of pounds has been donated to a village preschool to help pay for costly repairs, but it faces a race against time to stay open.

Read more

Hundreds of primary school children showed off their best dance moves this week, as a popular school event marked its 10th anniversary.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A double below-the-knee amputee is hoping to raise £14,000 to achieve his fitness goals.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Secret World Wildlife Rescue has come to the aid of a poorly swan which was found collapsed by a road.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

There is plenty of live entertainment on offer for you this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A campaign to cut the number of false alarms to Avon Fire and Rescue has been launched.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:16

Thirty people have fallen foul of antisocial behaviour orders introduced by North Somerset Council in the autumn.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Students from a Somerset preschool worked together to tidy up their community.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder