Roald Dahl

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The Enormous Crocodile among latest Roald Dahl books to be adapted for stage
Roald Dahl Story Company announces new shows, including a large-scale circus and a reading of The Magic Finger

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

25, May, 2023 @3:14 PM

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‘I’d tell myself: you’re a loser, a failure, ugly …’ Matilda’s Mara Wilson on the price of fame
A star at nine, the actor was soon struggling with the death of her mother as well as nosy journalists and demanding fans. Angry, confused and thoroughly lost, how did she ever find her way back?

Emine Saner

15, May, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Texas school district scraps James and the Giant Peach trips over cross-gender casting
Trips to see play at Houston’s Main Street Theater cancelled over ‘concerns raised about age-appropriateness of the performance’

Maya Yang

04, May, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Tim Minchin: ‘Politics affects my mental health … I feel gaslit’
He’s the anarchic comedian behind the musicals Matilda and Groundhog Day. He talks about dashed Hollywood hopes, the dangers of modernising Roald Dahl and feeling out of step with his progressive fanbase

Tom Lamont

29, Apr, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Tim Minchin says editing Roald Dahl’s books ‘a slippery slope’
Comedian behind Matilda musical says texts would need to be repeatedly updated to keep up with modern sensibilities

Mabel Banfield-Nwachi

29, Apr, 2023 @8:44 AM

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Sensitivity readers: what publishing’s most polarising role is really about
The Roald Dahl alterations thrust sensitivity readers to the foreground, but the profession is nothing new

Lucy Knight

15, Mar, 2023 @8:00 AM

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The disabled villain: why sensitivity reading can’t kill off this ugly trope
The long read: For centuries, fictional narratives have used outer difference to telegraph inner monstrosity. As someone who uses a wheelchair, I’ve learned you can’t just edit out a few slurs or bad words to fix this – it’s often baked deep into the story

Jan Grue

14, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Publishers are cynically using ‘sensitivity readers’ to protect their bottom lines | Zoe Dubno
As books become intellectual property assets, publishers become asset managers trying to future-proof their toxic investments

Zoe Dubno

09, Mar, 2023 @11:20 AM

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Yes, Roald Dahl was a bigot. But that’s no excuse to re-write his books | Francine Prose
The changes go beyond removing one or two offensive words – they’re hamfisted and tin-eared exercises in bowdlerism

Francine Prose

06, Mar, 2023 @8:08 AM

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Benjamin Myers: ‘My comfort read? Viz’
The writer and journalist on Jon Savage’s punk bible, coming back to DH Lawrence and finding comfort in Wodehouse’s Eggs, Beans and Crumpets

Benjamin Myers

03, Mar, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Boris Johnson recites Oompa-Loompas song in defence of Roald Dahl’s books
Ex-PM criticises sensitivity edit of author’s works – and also rejects sending Parthenon marbles to Greece

Aletha Adu, Political correspondent

02, Mar, 2023 @7:18 PM

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Roald Dahl is the last thing we should worry about on World Book Day | Frank Cottrell-Boyce
More important than culture-war noise are the multiple threats to British children learning to love books of any kind

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

02, Mar, 2023 @11:42 AM

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