Today, the third of January 2017, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien would have been celebrating his 125th birthday! Happy birthday Mr. Tolkien! I love your books, you were one of the greatest authors in the upcoming fantasy genre of literature. Thank you for everything. You are missed!
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl born on this day 100 years ago , 13th September 1916.
Roald Dahl was born on 13 September 1916, in Llandaff, Wales. This date is celebrated internationally as Roald Dahl Day. His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
Dahl is known for his unique style of writing for children, which incorporates fantasy into the real world, and much of his writing was influenced by specific childhood experiences.
Dahl wrote 19 books for children which include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, TheWitches,Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, and The Twits. Some of these, including Matilda, Charlieand the Chocolate Factory and recently The BFG have been made into very successful movies. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.
The State Library of New South Wales holds copies of his many books and also translations into other languages, including Spanish, Polish and Macedonian.
Benedict Cumberbatch Prepping 'How to Stop Time' With StudioCanal
Benedict Cumberbatch has lined up another film project.
The actor’s own SunnyMarch banner has teamed with StudioCanal to pick up the film rights to How to Stop Time, the forthcoming book from prolific adult and children’s author Matt Haig (A Boy Called Christmas, The Last Family in England, The Radleys), being published by Canongate Books in July.
Cumberbatch will play Tom Hazard, a man who may look like an ordinary 41-year-old but, owing to an extremely rare condition, has been alive for centuries. The Imitation Game and Doctor Strange star will exec produce alongside Canongate CEO Jamie Byng.
StudioCanal is fully financing How to Stop Time and will distribute in its territories, the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and will be handling international sales.
The deal was negotiated between SunnyMarch’s managing director, Adam Ackland, who will produce the film, and Nick Marston of Curtis Brown, who brokered the deal on behalf of Haig and Conville and Walsh.
“The prospect of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tom Hazard is a hugely exciting one and I could not be happier about working with Adam and Jamie, and to be reunited with StudioCanal,” said Haig, who was a writer on the growing mini-major’s 2014 hit Paddington.
“We are delighted to be continuing our successful relationship with Matt Haig as well as build upon our long-running and dynamic partnership with SunnyMarch, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland,” said StudioCanal U.K. CEO Danny Perkins.
“This compelling novel will make for a powerful film that falls in line with StudioCanal’s ongoing commitment to British talent, storytelling and production. We look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.”
StudioCanal, which took a stake in SunnyMarch last year, is also adapting Haig’s book series A Boy Called Christmas for the big screen, while the writer is adapting The Radleys for Alfonso Cuaron and BBC Films and The Last Family in England for Taika Waititi and Plan B.
For those who may not know, earlier this year I got the chance to work on illustrating a children’s book for an author back in June! It was my first experience as a freelance artist and I am glad I got the opportunity!
Just today, my physical copy of the book arrived in the mail! It’s still so surreal to see my work published into an actual book, and I have Mr. Gary Adolph to thank for the amazing chance to work freelance for the first time!