Roald Dahl

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

Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl.


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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.

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