Thursday, 8th October 2015
An Eagle in the Snow is a beautiful moral thriller about the man who could have stopped World War Two.
1940. Barney and his mother, their home destroyed by bombing, are travelling to the country when their train is forced to shelter in a tunnel from attacking German planes. There, in the darkness, a stranger on the train begins to tell them a story. A story about Bobby Byron, the most decorated soldier of WW1, who once had the chance to end the war before it even began, and how he tried to fix his mistake. But sometimes the right thing is hard to see – and even harder to live with…
Saturday, 3rd October 2015
(Photo credit: Jason Dodd)
Michael Morpurgo gave a fascinating lecture to students and staff, as he opened the ‘Whole Earth?’ Exhibition at Canterbury Christ Church University on Friday 25th September.
The exhibition, which contains over 60 metres of compelling images and text, is based on the premise that the future belongs to today’s young people, who have a major role to play in making society more sustainable.
It explores solutions to current environmental problems, and challenges students and tutors to think about changing their courses to meet current and future needs.
“WHOLE EARTH? is a modern day Bayeux Tapestry – a visual monument of the environment that offers solutions to the problems of climate change and poverty. More importantly, it shows how students and universities everywhere can play a leading role in making society more sustainable.”
Joan Walley Chair of the House of Commons; Environmental Audit Select Committee 2010–2015; Chair of the Aldersgate Group
The ‘WHOLE EARTH?’ exhibition has been devised by leading environmental photographer, Mark Edwards, in collaboration with journalist and author, Lloyd Timberlake.
You can find out more at www.canterbury.ac.uk
Saturday, 26th September 2015
Quintessentially British lifestyle brand Joules has teamed up with the inspirational children’s charity, Farms for City Children, to create an exclusive collection of children’s rough and tumble ready favourites.
The design team at Joules has worked in conjunction with the charity to design a practical and fun collection of childrenswear that is fit for life on the farm as well as the city, and the unmistakeable signature style of Quentin Blake’s magical illustrations brings this limited edition collection to life perfectly.
Tom Joule, Joules CEO, comments:
“We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with such a fantastic charity. We’re both so aligned in our appreciation of the benefits to children in experiencing and enjoying the outdoors, making this the perfect partnership. Farms for City Children is such an inspirational charity and we fully support the work that they are doing to enrich the lives of children and families across the country.”
Michael Morpurgo, Farms for City Children’s co-founder, says
“Farms for City Children were very lucky to have the great Quentin Blake to design our logo all those years ago; and now, to help and support the thousands of city children who come down to live and work on the farm each year, Joules have kindly created a terrific collection of clothes for kids, all designed with Quentin’s amazing drawings. To Joules and to Quentin, a huge heartfelt thank you!”
Farms for City Children is a fantastic life-changing charity that offers children who live in an urban environment the opportunity to experience life on a working farm in the heart of the British Countryside. 5% of the sale from each product of this collection will be donated to the Farms for City Children Charity. The five piece collection features unique prints by cherished illustrator and Vice President of the charity, Sir Quentin Blake, to make it a must-have for children.
Browse the collection at www.joules.com
Monday, 21st September 2015
Clare Morpurgo, co-founder of Farms for City Children, has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement award in the national Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC).
The awards are presented annually by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) and recognise those people who have had a significant impact on the lives of children and young people through their commitment to providing exciting and inspiring LOtC opportunities.
Clare Morpurgo founded Farms for City Children with her husband Michael in 1976 because she noticed through her work as a teacher that children had a poverty of experience which hampered children’s confidence, imagination and ability to learn. She has been shortlisted for her visionary idea of giving urban children the opportunity to engage with life on a real working farm, and for her commitment to this idea for nearly 40 years.
Lyndsey Nassim of Scout Activity Centres, which is sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award, said:
“Scout Activity Centres are pleased to be sponsoring this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. We were impressed by the candidates, thank them for the contribution they are making to our schools, and wish them all the best in the future.”
You can find out more about the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom at www.lotc.org.uk