Sir Quentin Blake reimagines Matilda 30 years on

Illustration of Matilda performing a poemImage copyright c. Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl Story Company 2018

What would Roald Dahl's much-loved bookworm Matilda be doing today, 30 years after the book about her was published?

Illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has reimagined the heroine, who outwitted the vile headteacher Miss Trunchbull, doing what she might do best.

BBC News can exclusively reveal the illustration of Matilda Wormwood being depicted as poet laureate, "widely celebrated for her moving performance of The Trunchball Saga".

Inspired by the book which he famously illustrated 30 years ago, Sir Quentin's other four drawings feature Matilda working in a wide range of exciting careers:

An Astrophysicist

Matilda as a astrophysicistImage copyright c. Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl Story Company 2018 Presentational white space

A special FX artist

We bet her special telekinetic powers come in handy for this!

Matilda as a Hollywood Special Effects artistImage copyright c. Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl Story Company 2018 Presentational white space

World Traveller

And we have no doubt that her brilliant mind will have no problem picking up new languages, as she travels the globe.Matilda as a world travellerImage copyright c. Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl Story Company 2018 Presentational white space

CEO of the British Library

Probably the best job for an avid reader.Matilda as CEO of British LibraryImage copyright c. Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl Story Company 2018 Presentational white space

Matilda has sold 17 million books since it was first published, and eight million people have seen the award-winning Matilda the Musical. The novel was also made into a popular film in 1996.

To mark the book's anniversary, the Roald Dahl Story Company also asked the British public what Matilda's life would be like now, including who she'd be friends with.

The most popular answers included actress and activist Emma Watson, singer Ed Sheeran and the Duchess of Sussex.

But don't worry, more than half of the survey predicts that she'd still be the best of friends with Lavender.

What do you think Matilda would be doing today?Presentational white space

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