Monday, 19 March 2012

Sophie Dahl speaks out

It's simply a fairy tale

Not smarting but groaning at the inaccuracy that continues to be perpetuated about the "appeal" for my grandfather's hut ("Art galleries: it's time we started paying to see great works of art again", Comment). It was not an appeal at all. I gave an interview to the Today programme to highlight a project for a small, non-profit museum, preserving the place where my grandfather, Roald Dahl, wrote his books. I did not ask the public for funds.
In fact, most of the funding had come from the Dahl family, who are huge supporters of the work of the museum and of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, a paediatric neurology and haematology charity. Any additional funds were being sought from charitable institutions, trusts, patrons of the arts and companies involved in the publishing and licensing of Roald's work.
For the record, I am not and have never been a beneficiary of the Dahl estate and reports of my alleged income that appeared last year were sadly, and much to my husband's dismay, totally fabricated. (He is currently contemplating divorce and on the look out for an Eccleston.)
Sophie Dahl

~ Jamie blogged this statement from the Roald Dahl Museum back in September.


  1. I just can't believe Sophie has been so bullied about this that she needs to justify for anything!
    Why do people always imagine others are mean just because they are known.
    Can't everyone get that a human being is a human being./ Some are good, some are bad... but being famous doesn't make anybody instantly selfish or nasty of God knows what jealousy makes them stupidly imagine.
    I'm losing faith in humanity sometimes!

  2. That's the world we live in sadly.