Saturday, 28th February 2015
The seventh Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will welcome over 130 writers, speakers and thinkers from 30 countries during five days of literary celebration in March. This cultural event, which was named Best Festival at the Middle East Events Awards for two consecutive years, will engage audiences of all ages and interests with sessions and workshops dealing with a host of genres, topics and subjects.
A number of main sessions, workshops and special events have already sold out with organisers expecting more than 30,000 guests at the Festival this year, which will take place in Dubai from March 3-7.
Festival highlights include the brand new War Horse Concert with readings by Michael Morpurgo and music from the West End play as well as the first ever UAE appearance of the War Horse puppets, Joey and Topthorn.
Find out more about Michael Morpurgo’s events and books tickets online at www.emirateslitfest.com
Saturday, 21st February 2015
Imagine being told to leave your home…
Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land…
Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to…
Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.
Directed by Emma Rice, with a Kneehigh cast that includes Mike Shepherd, Craig Johnson, Giles King, Patrycja Kujawska and Katy Owen, composition by Stu Barker, design by Lez Brotherston and lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, this promises to be an event to remember in the enchanted setting of The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Make a day of it: explore the extraordinary gardens, feast on tasty home-grown produce in the tearooms and later on, refresh yourself at the legendary Asylum bar, before enjoying the show!
Book tickets online at www.kneehigh.co.uk
Friday, 13th February 2015
Look out for this collection of six magical and heart-warming animal stories, specially for World Book Day, by the nation’s favourite storyteller.
From the author who brought you Joey the War Horse, Shadow the dog and Kaspar the cat comes a pocket-sized collection of perfect animal stories – proving that it’s not just dogs that are man’s best friends .… Taken from the length of Michael Morpurgo’s career, the tales in this charming book will delight any child who loves animals … or stories! Readers will return to the best mates in this little book again and again. From dogs to cats, and from horses to dolphins and whales, it’s all here in this timeless treasury.
Why not download the Best Mates Animal Wordsearch to find the names of Michael Morpurgo’s most memorable animal characters?
You can find out more about World Book Day 2015 at www.worldbookday.com
Wednesday, 11th February 2015
Longlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015, this anthology of stories inspired by real objects, by authors including David Almond, Marcus Sedgwick, Adele Geras and Michael Morpurgo and illustration by Jim Kay, reminds us of the millions of lives that were lost forever.
See The Great War in pictures at www.theguardian.com