Your Roald Dahl letters

Roald Dahl was a prolific letter-writer and often responded to teachers, children and students who wrote to him. Here are some of your letters...

This is the map Roald Dahl used to track all the letters he received from around the world.

As a schoolboy at St Peter's School in Somerset, every Sunday saw Roald Dahl and his fellow pupils spend an hour writing a letter home, followed by a two-mile walk to the church in Weston-super-Mare.

As he said in Boy: Tales of Childhood, "Church-going never became a habit with me. Letter-writing did."

Roald Dahl wrote at least one letter to his mother every week for the next thirty-two years. She kept every one, and they're now stored in the Roald Dahl Archive.

But it wasn't just a family habit. Later on, when Roald Dahl had settled in Buckinghamshire and his children's books became known, he started receiving hundreds and hundreds of letters from fans all around the world. They would be delivered to the Post Office just down the road from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, and the postman would deliver up to 4,000 of them every week.

Roald Dahl kept a map in his office and every time a letter arrived from a new country, he would mark it with a pin. He would also reply to a lot of those letters, individually crafted responses that are even now treasured by their recipients, years later.

A few of Roald Dahl's responses are collected here - from teachers Alison Armes and Tracey Bowers to the memorable writing advice given to then-student Jay Williams.

If you were a lucky recipient of a response from Roald Dahl, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line (or a letter, if you will) and we could be featuring your story here on our website.

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