I’m very pleased that I’m going to be Writer-in-Residence at the lovely Roald Dahl Museum for the next few months.
I’ll be working on a book of my own – and perhaps I’ll get a chance to sit in Roald Dahl’s chair, which is now in the museum, along with all the other objects from the shed where he wrote his books.
I’ll also be spending some time in the museum’s archives. I’ve already had a look around and seen some of Dahl’s notebooks, letters and early drafts, which are absolutely fascinating. I also saw two Oompa-Loompas lying on top of a cupboard, wrapped in bubble-wrap. They were the models made for the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and are oddly creepy.
I’ll also be visiting five schools in Buckingshire and working with several different classes, talking to them about my books and Dahl’s, and working with them on their own stories.
I’ll be doing several events at the museum, some alone and others with Garry Parsons, who illustrated The Dragonsitter. Please come along if you can. And if you can’t, you should try to visit the museum another time – it’s a wonderful place.