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Penarth’s Turner House To Hold BFG Exhibition Curated By Quentin Blake


Penarth’s Turner House will welcome a BFG exhibition, curated by Roald Dahl’s long-time illustrator, Quentin Blake, from May 9th to May 31st.

The exhibition will feature artwork not used when the beloved children’s book was first published in 1982 alongside reproductions of the final pieces that graced the pages of the book which featured the story of an orphan, Sophie and her adventures with the Snozcumber-loving, dream-catching, Big Friendly Giant.

Quentin Blake, the artist behind the illustrations of some of Roald Dahl’s most famous literary creations said of the exhibition:

“Roald Dahl and I were brought together by our publisher in the 1970s. Roald was an extraordinarily interesting person and a man of action, which is why he was so good at telling stories. He liked to tell stories about things happening, rather than about what people are (were?) thinking or feeling, which was wonderful for me to draw. Roald’s The BFG was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1982 in a hardback edition for which I did black-and-white illustrations and a design in colour for the cover. Since then the BFG and Sophie have appeared in a variety of books and situations. For this exhibition I have selected images from different versions of the BFG, starting with my first illustrations which remained unpublished for thirty years.”

The physical opening of the “BFG In Pictures” event will be subject to Coronavirus regulations with the event being curated to allow for social distancing. Should physical opening be unable to take place, digital documentation will be made available. Entry to the event, whether in-person or online, will be free.

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