Pupils at a school in Abingdon experienced “the magic of Roald Dahl” during a storytelling event supported by a housing developer.

An enchanting storytelling session – funded by developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes Southern - took place at Dunmore Primary School last week on Roald Dahl Day; celebrated worldwide on Wednesday, September 13.

Herald Series: Storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith performing to pupils at Dunmore Primary School

The annual event is run by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, and commemorates the beloved British author’s birthday and his remarkable literary contributions.

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Amanda Kane-Smith of Merry-go-Round Storytelling delighted the young minds of Dunmore Primary School with a lively performance of Roald Dahl’s beloved classics, including James and the Giant Peach.

With her interactive and animated storytelling style, Ms Kane-Smith spent the afternoon transporting a group of 60 Year 4 children to fantastical worlds filled with quirky characters and magical adventures.

David Kendell, Headteacher at Dunmore Primary School, said: “We are so lucky to have had Amanda in school.

“The children had a wonderful afternoon, being transported into Roald Dahl’s stories. They all joined in with the brilliant, high energy, interactive session, which really enriched our Roald Dahl Day.”

Storyteller, Ms Kane-Smith, who operates in the south of England, said: “It was a real pleasure bringing these stories to life for Roald Dahl Day.

“The children were so engaged, full of energy and imagination; we all had a wonderful time.

“As Road Dahl would say, it was simply splendiferous.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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