2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the World’s No.1 storyteller!

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories.

He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller, and did you know, Roald Dahl was actually Welsh!


Born in Cardiff of Norwegian descent, Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the most inventive, mischievous, and successful storytellers. His stories are currently available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 200 million books. As his country of birth, Wales was proud to play a special part in the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations in 2016.

Roald Dahl Day is marked annually all over the world on – and around – his birthday, 13 September. In 2016 global celebrations for the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth began in January and will run through to December. An array of events, exhibitions, happenings and grassroots activity took place in Wales throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and squiffling surprises for everyone.

A special commemorative brochure featuring just some of the highlights from a spectacular year of events was commissioned by Literature Wales, and can be browsed below:



Our mission during 2016 was to celebrate the life and works of this inventive and mischievous storyteller, and to bring Roald Dahl back to Wales, and we think we can safely state – mission accomplished!


On this website you can read the latest news from Roald Dahl 100 Wales, find out what’s happening in your area, and discover how you can get involved in the celebrations.


The Roald Dahl 100 celebrations coincide with ‘Wales: Year of Adventure’ in 2016 and Roald Dahl himself was no stranger to adventure – whether as a child getting up to well-documented mischief in the local sweetshop or as a young pilot during World War Two.

For further information about Roald Dahl, visit www.roalddahl.com.

For further information about the partners involved in Roald Dahl 100 Wales, click here.

For contact information, click here.