Roald Dahl
(1916-1990)

Died aged 74

Roald Dahl (/ˈroʊ.ɑːl ˈdɑːl/; Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈɾuːɑl dɑl]; 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and he became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards' Children's Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. His books champion the kind-hearted, and feature an underlying warm sentiment. Dahl's works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

Roald Dahl [full inscription unknown]

Palace Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom where they lived

Roald Dahls Plass This plaque was unveiled 13 July 2002 by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of Cardiff Councillor Russell Goodway in the presence of His Excellency Tarald Brautaset, Norwegian Ambassador to Britain and Mrs Felicity Dahl to commemorate the renaming of the Oval Basin and to celebrate the life and works of Roald Dahl (1916-1990) who was born in Cardiff and christened at the Norwegian Church. Dadorchuddiwyd y plac hwn 13 Gorffennaf 2002 gan Y Gwir Anrhydeddus Arglwydd Faer Caerdydd Y Cynghorydd Russell Goodway ym mhresenoldeb Ei Ardderchowgrwydd Tarald Brautaset, Llysgennad Norwy i Brydain a Mrs Felicity Dahl i ddathlu ailenwi'r Basn Hirgrwn ac i ddathlu bywyd a gwaith Roald Dahl (1916-1990) a aned yng Nghaerdydd ac a fedyddiwyd yn yr Eglwys Norwyaidd

Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, United Kingdom where they was christened at the nearby Norwegian Church (1916)

Roald Dahl Author Awdur Born 1916 Llandaff Ganwyd 1916 Llandaf Died 1990 Bu farw 1990 Site of 'Mrs Pratchett's' sweetshop during his time at Cathedral School as recalled in his autobiography 'Boy'. Safle siop losin 'Mrs Pratchett' yn ystod ei gyfod yn Ysgol y Gadeirlan yn ôl ei hunangofiant

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11 High Street, Llandaff, Cardiff, United Kingdom where they was

Roald Dahl children's author stayed here in The Cabin every Easter Holiday between 1920-36 with his Mother and siblings

Castle Square, Tenby, United Kingdom where they stayed (1920-1936)

Roald Dahl storyteller was born here when it was 'Villa Marie' 13.09.1916

Ty Gwyn, Fairwater Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom where they was born (1916)

Roald Dahl 1916-1990 Children's author Attended the former St Peter's School on this site

corner of St Peter’s Avenue and Shrubbery Drive, Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom where they attended school