In November 1988 as part of his work promoting the first MS Readathon in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland, writer Roald Dahl met a group of his greatest fans in the children's section of the Central Library in the Ilac Centre, Dublin.
For half an hour some thirty children from Dublin schools quizzed the seventy-two-and-a-bit year old author about his work and life.
Dahl outlines why he started writing in the chapter 'Lucky Break' from his first autobiographical book ‘Boy: Tales of Childhood’. But he also reveals he started writing when he was 26 years old saying
Nobody really starts much before that.
The very first children's book Dahl wrote 'The Gremlins' illustrated by Walt Disney did not take long to get published.
RoaldDahl explains the origin of his unusual name explaining that it is a common name in Norway where his parents came from. He was named after his father’s hero, the explorer Roald Amundsen who beat British explorer Robert Scott to the South Pole in 1911.
In spite of his father dying of pneumonia when he was just three years of age, Dahl had a happy childhood, apart from his school days, which he detested.
Dahl is close friends with the artist Quentin Blake who is synonymous with illustrating his books and they
Always meet and talk about the drawings.
Dahl finds it difficult to pick one of his books as his favourite, but if he has to choose one it is 'The BFG' and then maybe 'Danny the Champion of the World'.
Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales on 13 September 1916. He died in Oxford, England on 23 November 1990.
‘Roald Dahl And Fans’ was broadcast on 1 January 1989. The producer is John Quinn.