Roald Dahl is loved by millions of people, young and old, around the world. However not many people know that the world’s number one storyteller was actually Welsh. Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature, is on a mission to change that, and to bring Roald Dahl firmly back to Wales.

The centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl will be celebrated across Wales this year thanks to Invent your Event, a new funding and outreach scheme from Literature Wales and Welsh Government. The scheme will engage the whole of Wales in literature, creative writing and reading by offering financial support for events and activity organised to celebrate Roald Dahl 100 in Wales.

Invent your Event is funded by the Welsh Government and is supported by the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. The Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations will form part of Welsh Government’s Year of Adventure.

Literature Wales will use the magic of Roald Dahl’s words, stories and characters to inspire creativity and to take literature to new and unexpected places. Financial support for events organised to celebrate Roald Dahl 100 in Wales will be offered through Invent your Event. This unique funding scheme will run parallel to Literature Wales’ successful Writers on Tour scheme.

A complementary outreach programme delivered by Literature Wales and partners will focus on the social justice agenda to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to take part in the Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations.

The Invent your Event scheme is made up of three strands, or Chapters. These are as follows:

Chapter One: Funding for Large Events, Festival Programmes and Residencies
Chapter Two: Funding for Small Events
Chapter Three: Wales-wide Outreach programme


To find out more about Invent your Event, visit the Roald Dahl 100 Wales website, or contact Literature Wales on: 029 2047 2266 /

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