The writer Roald Dahl is regarded as one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and loved storytellers. His stories are currently published in 49 languages worldwide, and continue to inspire the world’s most creative collaborators, resulting in new movie adaptations, classical music, opera, plays and musicals.
Today Royal Mail has issued ten stamps paying tribute to the work of Roald Dahl. The 30th anniversary of The BFG, or Big Friendly Giant, one of Dahl’s most popular characters, is marked by a special sheet of four stamps all of which feature scenes from the story.
The other six stamps feature illustrations from the Dahl books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits, and The Witches.
The illustrations which appear on the stamps are by Quentin Blake, whose drawings appeared in all of Roald Dahl’s children’s classics. Blake’s illustrations also appear on the postmarks, covers and sheets associated with this issue.
A Roald Dahl character illustrated by Quentin Blake has previously appeared on a Royal Mail stamp as part of the 2006 issue Animal Tales. On this stamp the Enormous Crocodile can be seen eyeing-off the cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, on the Royal Mail website, the Royal Mail eBay shop and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.