Chapter 2 Off the Shelf

‘Off-the-Shelf’ Events and Workshops Inspired by Roald Dahl


The following Roald Dahl-inspired events and workshops have been commissioned by Literature Wales as part of Chapter 2 of Invent your Event. They are now available to be booked by schools, libraries, festivals, venues and cultural organisations in Wales. They can be booked directly with the authors/practitioners using the contact details below.

Match funding of up to 50% of the cost of the event is available through Chapter 2 [link to main Chapter 2 page] of Invent your Event.


1. Confessions, Revelry, and Revelations – Mab Jones

Live Literature for adult audiences (aged 18+)

Taking ‘mischief makers’ as its inspiration, this is a night based around the concept of ‘confession’, and includes a lovely lot of literary entertainment from local writers and artists. Place a secret in the confession box; hear stories, poems, song, and other exciting elements; add a dash of audience interaction; and, voila! A night of superb, sensational live literature tailored just for you. Featuring top writers and award-winning poet Mab Jones as your hospitable host.

Language: English

Fee: £400

Expenses: Booker must provide a suitable PA. Available within Cardiff, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Rhondda, Blaenau Gwent, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan, Newport, and Swansea. Extra fees for travel outside of these areas to be negotiated.

Contact details: 07846 484274 / / @mabjones (Twitter)


2. Letterpress and Words Workshop with Francesca Kay

For older adults

Poet and letterpress printer Francesca Kay will demonstrate how to set type, and print using her table-top printing press. Participants will create small artworks using words and short phrases. In the spirit of Roald Dahl’s own curiosity and passion to communicate we’ll attempt to answer the questions ‘What inspires you? What do you love? What do you want to share?’

Language: English

Fee: £175 per session – one and a half hour minimum to half day

Expenses: Based in Hay on Wye. Travel included in £175 fee for South Powys, Cardiff and the Valleys. A further £30 will be charged for travel to West and North Wales.

Contact details: 07932 707645 / /


3. From Trolls To Twits with Francis Maxey

A storytelling show for 2 classes and creative writing workshop for 1 class – primary school

The session will begin with an hour long show brimming with characters that could have sprung from Roald Dahl’s own imagination. Trolls, witches and heroic children come alive through these traditional tales and riddles designed to ignite the imagination of your students. This will be followed by an active and fun oral based workshop where the children will create their own Roald Dahl-style stories drawn from the wealth of new characters and images they have met in the show.

Language: English

Fee: £200 for a half day show and workshop (9.30 am – 12.00 pm or 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm); £300 for a full day – as above with two shows in the afternoon for the rest of the school.

Expenses: From Cardiff. The first 50 miles are included in the fee; additional miles will be charged at .30p per mile.

Contact details: 029 2023 0157 / /


4. Creative Writing Workshop with Angharad Tomos

For primary school children

This fun-filled workshop will shine a light on some of Roald Dahl’s narrative devices by concentrating on The Twits – the book that inspired Angharad’s own novel Sothach a Sglyfath. We will then explore the relationship between author and artist, using Roald Dahl’s own long-standing partnership with Quentin Blake as inspiration. The children will then turn their hand to drawing their own horrible characters and using colourful language to describe them!

Language: Welsh

Fee: £200 for a half day workshop (9.30 am – 12.00 pm or 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm)

Travel: Based in Penygroes, gwynedd. The first 30 miles are included in the fee, additional miles will be charged at 20p per mile.

Contact details: 01286 882 134 /


5. Dan and Dahl Catch Dreams with Dan Anthony

Writing, reading and creativity for School Years 4, 5 and 6

We all love reading and writing stories, but where do they come from? Using Roald Dahl’s The BFG and other favourites, and his own Steve’s Dreams stories, Dan shows how Roald Dahl can help us all write, and read, better. Being influenced isn’t the same as copying.

“There’s magic in Dahl’s stories,” says Dan, “these workshops are about unlocking it.”

Language: English

Fee: £350 for three interactive workshops across the school day

Expenses: No hidden expenses – this fee applies wherever you teach in Wales

Contact details: 07766 387168 /


6. Create Your Own Giant – Bethan Gwanas

Creative writing workshops for School Years 5 and 6 or ages

Take inspiration from Roald Dahl’s The BFG to create your own Welsh giants. The workshop will involve creating names and personalities for your giants, and answering questions such as: where do they live? How do they look? What do they wear? The children will write their own stories and poems and create new Welsh gobblefunk-ish sayings to bring to life their Welsh giants.

Language: Welsh

Fee: £250 for a half day workshop (9.30 am – 12.00 pm or 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm).

Expenses: Based near Dolgellau, Gwynedd. Expenses charged at .20p per mile.

Contact details: 01341 450230 / 07717 844809 / / @BethanGwanas (Twitter)


7. Art and Literature workshop with Catrin Williams

For school years 3 – 6

This workshop encourages children to respond visually and creatively to Roald Dahl’s stories and characters. You will choose and read a story and find the magic within. Children will then create their own original illustrations using pencils, biros or felt pens. The illustrations will be developed and turned into colourful backdrops or puppets which they can use to create their own Roald Dahl-inspired stories.

Language: Bilingual

Fee: £150 for a half day workshop (9.30 am – 12.00 pm or 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm). £250 for a full day workshop. All art equipment and supplies are included in the fee.

Expenses: Live in Pwllheli, Gwynedd. First 30 miles are included in the fee, and .20p per mile added thereafter.

Contact details: 01758 614 986 / /


8. Horror Creative Writing Workshop with Rebecca Parfitt

For adults (18+)

‘Maker of Mischief, Master of Horror, Inventor of Monster’

Join the editor of The Ghastling for a unique writing workshop exploring horror and the macabre in Roald Dahl’s short stories for adults and write a tale of your own using Dahl’s special ingredients. Workshops will comprise of exploration of specially selected stories focussing on: Roald Dahl’s characterisation, the surreal and the macabre, horror and the domestic ‘idyll’, and Dahl’s ‘twists’. There is also a chance for publication in The Ghastling for participants.

Language: English

Fee: £160 for half day workshop (10.00 am – 1.00 pm or 1.00 – 4.00 pm); £260 for full day workshop (10.00 – 4.00 pm). Materials included. It may be possible to adapt times to suit requirements – please contact to discuss.

Travel: Based in Cardiff, first 30 miles included in fee, public transport will be used wherever possible. If a car is needed, 30p per mile is charged. (For long distances accommodation may be required, fee chargeable.)

Contact: / / @theghastling


9. Masters and Champions – Rufus Mufasa

For children and young adults

Become a Champion of Good and a Master of Invention through mindfulness, positive rap and creative writing for wellbeing and community development. Use Roald Dahl’s work as inspiration to create your own exciting pieces that promote positivity and empowerment. These sessions build confidence through performance poetry, character exploration, scriptwriting and music making.

Language: Bilingual

Fee: £350 for a full day, inclusive of reasonable travel, resources, follow-on studio work, completed portfolio.

Contact details: / @rufusmufasa (Twitter)


10. Masters of Invention Poetry Workshop with Sophie McKeand

For children and young people aged 8-13 years

‘You mean whales,’ Sophie said. ‘Wales is something quite different.’

‘Wales is whales,’ the Giant said. ‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words. I will now give you another example. Human beans from Jersey has a most disgustable woolly tickle on the tongue… human beans from Jersey is tasting of cardigans.’

– Roald Dahl – The BFG

Creating nonsense words and language was something Roald Dahl delighted in with his phlantasmagozgical use of language and ribble ticklistic plays-on-words. Working together our group will be Masters of Invention. You’ll climb inside words, chew and garble and tear them up in order to create a new poem together with Sophie.

Language: English

Fee: £150 for a half day workshop (9.30 am – 12.00 noon or 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm)

Travel: Based in Wrexham. First 30 miles are included in the fee, additional miles will be charged at .20p per mile.

Contact details: 01978 363264 / / @SophieMcKeand (Twitter)


11. Delicious Roald Dahl with Sarah KilBride

Drama and creative writing workshops suitable for KS2 & KS3 (7 – 14 years old )

Join successful children’s author Sarah KilBride and explore the amazing world of Roald Dahl, full of fun facts and figures about Dahl’s life, his books and incredible characters.

Using a range of drama and writing techniques in collaborative groups, develop your very own scrummy sweets and repulsive characters for a missing chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Workshops motivate participation, encourage collaboration and inspire creativity and are tailored to suit all.

Language: English

Fee: £150 for 60 minute event presentations

£230 for half day session including whole school assembly and resources

£300 for whole day session including whole school assembly and resources

Expenses: Based in South Powys. First 50 miles are included in the fee, additional miles will be charged at .30p per mile.

Contact details: 01873 812251 / /


For more information, contact Literature Wales on:
029 2047 2266 /