Michael Morpurgo’s books are enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of readers. Many of Michael’s stories are re-told in different ways, from stage performances and blockbuster films, to concerts with his wonderful words set to music. Michael supports many charities and always finds the time to meet his fans at special reading events.
Friday, 21st February 2014
The winner of the Morpurgo Month competition is announced.
Schools were asked to create reviews for their favourite Michael Morpurgo Month books. These could take any format schools chose; they just needed to demonstrate how much the pupils love the 30 titles included in Morpurgo Month, a celebration of Michael’s books for his 70th birthday.
An overwhelming number of brilliant entries were received from schools, all demonstrating their passion for Michael’s books. Choosing a winning entry and three runner-up schools was a challenging task with many hours spent enjoying the amazing work that has clearly been put into each review.
After much deliberation, Checkendon C of E Primary School in Reading has been chosen as the overall winner, combining creativity with detailed and thought-provoking reviews of all the books featured in Morpurgo Month. Divided into four themes, the books included:
Animals: War Horse, Farm Boy, The Dancing Bear, Born to Run, Butterfly Lion, Not Bad for a Bad Lad, Little Foxes, Out of the Ashes, Cool!
War: Shadow, Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy, Why the Whales Came, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, An Elephant in the Garden, Little Manfred, The Mozart Question
Legends: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf, Outlaw, The White Horse of Zennor, The Last Wolf, My Friend Walter, Sparrow
Voyages: Kensuke’s Kingdom, Running Wild, Twist of Gold, Dear Olly, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Kaspar Prince of Cats
In addition to winning a visit from Michael Morpurgo, they receive a set of 30 books for their school library.
Three runners-up have also been chosen and include: King’s College – The British School of Murcia; Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn in Blackwood and Caddington Village School in Luton, who each receive a set of Michael Morpurgo books for their school library.
Congratulations to the winning schools and a huge thank you to all of the schools who took part.
The UK Private Peaceful Tour starts on 5 March and we are lucky enough to have a family ticket (for 4 people) to giveaway! To win this ticket to a show at a venue of your choice, please tell us what you like about the book Private Peaceful and your preferred venue. Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for entries is Friday 28 February. For tour venues and performance times, please go to http://www.scamptheatre.com/#private-peaceful
Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany him with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse.
Forthcoming performances include Bristol, 28 March and Loughborough 5 April.
This special exhibition at St Barbe Museum, Lymington, marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It follows horses from peacetime occupations to the Remount Depots, revealing their contribution to the war effort in a remarkable and moving story.
Drawing upon the enthusiasm of a talented local cast, this lively adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s tale of wartime loss and separation is set to enthral and delight the whole family. A host of wonderful songs, an amusing and heart-warming script and inspirational choreography will enchant both the young and not so young.
A lifetime of tales from the nation’s favourite storyteller, this gorgeous hardback edition features twenty-five enchanting short stories as well as extracts from twenty-five of his best-loved novels.