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-May 1990

Last year of Roald Dahl's life: Esio Trot published; The Witches film released

In May 1990, Nicolas Roeg's film adaptation of The Witches, starring Angelica Huston as The Grand High Witch and Rowan Atkinson as the Hotel Manager, is released. It is the last film adaptation of any of Roald Dahl's works to be worked before his death in November of that year.

Also in 1990, Esio Trot becomes the last Roald Dahl story to be published in his lifetime, and Roald's fifth grandchild, Chloe Faircloth, is born. Chloe is Lucy Dahl's second child.

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-23rd November 1990

Roald Dahl died on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74

Roald Dahl dies, aged 74. He is buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden. 

Visitors to the church today can find the grave from the memorial bench under a tree in the centre of the graveyard. It is a short walk from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which houses Roald's archive of letters, manuscripts and photographs.

The bench carries the names of Roald Dahl’s five children and three stepchildren. The poem carved into the stone slabs around the base of the bench is taken from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me:

"We have tears in our eyes
As we wave our goodbyes
We so loved being with you, we three.
So please now and then
Come and see us again,
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me."

From the memorial bench you can follow BFG footprints to Roald Dahl’s grave.

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-1991

Publication of Roald Dahl's final works; creation of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Following his death in November 1990, 1991 sees the publication of many of Roald Dahl's final works: The Vicar of Nibbleswicke, a short story written for The Dyslexia Institute in London (now Dyslexia Action); The Minpins, generally recognised as Roald's last children's story; Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety, a pamphlet he worked on with Quentin Blake for The British Railways Board; Memories with Food at Gipsy House, a collection of recipes and snapshots written with his wife, Felicity "Liccy" Dahl and later reprinted as The Roald Dahl Cookbook; and The Roald Dahl Diary, a series of 12 chapters looking at the changing seasons over the course of a year, later renamed My Year.

Roald's widow, Liccy Dahl, sets up The Roald Dahl Foundation, later renamed Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, to help support children and young people with serious, rare blood or brain conditions and literacy problems.

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-1994

Birth of Roald Dahl's sixth grandchild; publication of Revolting Recipes

1994 sees the publication of Revolting Recipes, a book full of recipes based on and inspired by many of the creations mentioned in Roald Dahl's stories, from fizzy-lifting drinks to rivers of chocolate.

It is also the year Roald's sixth grandchild, Ned Donovan, is born. Ned is Tessa Dahl's fourth child.

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-1996

Film versions of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and Matilda released

An animated film version of James and the Giant Peach, featuring the voices of Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite and Susan Sarandon, is released. 

In the same year, Danny DeVito directs his film version of Matilda, in which he co-stars as Mr Wormwood alongside Pam Ferris as Miss Trunchbull and Mara Wilson as Matilda.

These are the first two film adaptations of Roald Dahl's works to be released following his death in 1990.

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-1997

Publication of The Roald Dahl Treasury

The Roald Dahl Treasury - a collection of Roald's writings along with letters, poems and photos from the archive now housed at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Roald's hometown of Great Missenden - is published.

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