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.
Thursday, 14th August 2014
Last year’s Illustrator in Residence returns to this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, to talk about his remarkable graphic novel, Line of Fire. Based on the diary kept by a French soldier during the First World War, Barroux’s work provides a fresh perspective on the first two months of the conflict. He is joined by playwright and author Michael Morpurgo who wrote the introduction to the English translation, for what promises to be a very special event.
Line of Fire
One winter morning,Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find: the real diary of a soldier in the First World War.
Barroux rescued the diary from a rubbish heap and illustrated the soldier’s words. In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100-year-old diary, the events of the first two months of WWI are given fresh meaning and relevance to modern audiences. This is living history that has the power to engage new generations in one man’s story that is silhouetted against the historical events that formed and transformed the world we live in today.
To mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, we are giving away 3 copies of Michael Morpurgo’s WW1 classics: Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy, The Butterfly Lion and Farm Boy for you to read and pass on to friends and family, PLUS a copy of Michael’s new WWI novel, Listen to the Moon, to 10 winners.
There’s magic and adventure afoot when Mimi finds a baby dragon in the woodshed. Join Michael Morpurgo and Helen Stephens for this spellbinding event.
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday through their local library. Michael recommends Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. “Perhaps the oldest poem in our language, or what was our language, which is as enthralling today as it ever was. The best of all the Arthurian tales.”
Bestselling author Michael Morpurgo joins the Coope, Boyes and Simpson a cappella trio and the Paul Rans Ensemble from Flanders, Belgium for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music marking the centenary of the First World War.
Based on the diary kept by a French soldier during the First World War, Barroux’s work provides a fresh perspective on the first two months of the conflict. He is joined by playwright and author Michael Morpurgo who wrote the introduction to the English translation, for what promises to be a very special event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.