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A Treasury of Roald Dahl and a book of songs and verse
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I still haven't given up doing Dahl books quite, because… a few years ago we did A Treasury of Dahl, which brought together a lot of the bits of the writing, and extracts from the books. Some of those, I… some were illustrated by other people, some I re-illustrated, and for some I coloured in the drawings which existed, and some I did completely new drawings. And it was… that was a very interesting task of making a whole book, which sort of hung together, so that it didn't look scrappy, but looked like some… a book that was designed as a complete treasury. And then since then we've done Songs and Verse, which is getting all the poems and verses and things out of the different books and putting them together. And that we wanted to do a different way, so that… there everything is re-illustrated by other people, not me, and I kept off everything except the cover, and I did the introductions to each of the… a drawing to introduce each of the seven sections. And they are not Dahl illustrations at all, they’re… they’re illustrations of… of children doing things. So it was interesting to be involved in… in another way of doing it.

Quentin Blake, well loved British writer and illustrator, is perhaps best known for bringing Roald Dahl's characters to life with his vibrant illustrations, and for becoming the first ever UK Children's Laureate. He has also written and illustrated his own books including Mr Magnolia which won the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Listeners: Ghislaine Kenyon

Ghislaine Kenyon is a freelance arts education consultant. She previously worked in gallery education including as Head of Learning at the joint education department at Somerset House and deputy head of education the National Gallery’s Education Department. As well as directing the programme for schools there, she curated exhibitions such as the highly successful ‘Tell Me a Picture’ with Quentin Blake, with whom she also co-curated an exhibiotin at the Petit Palasi in Paris in 2005. At the National Gallery she was responsible for many initiatives such as Take Art, a programme working with 14 London hospitals, and the national Take One Picture scheme with primary schools. She has also put on several series of exhibition-related concerts. Ghislaine writes, broadcasts and lectures on the arts, arts education and the movement for arts in health. She is also a Board Member of the Museum of Illustration, the Handel House Museum and the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Tags: A Treasury of Dahl, Songs and Verse, Roald Dahl

Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008