Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there.
She can say only one word: Lucy.
Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…?
Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.
WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony – and the music begins to resolve…
In Michael’s own words,
“It is a story of love and loss, of family and community fractured by war, of the power of hope, and above all of the will of the human spirit to survive.”
Listen to Michael Morpurgo talk about the story of a German ship that was wrecked on the rocks of the Scilly Isles, and the extraordinary, lasting loyalty that the accident created.
Listen to the Moon publishes on September 25
Wednesday, 9th July 2014
Today is the launch of The Summer Reading Challenge, an initiative which encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday through their local library. This year thousands of children will be inspired to share their love of reading by recommending or passing on a book to friends, family and carers, in turn making one of the books they read this summer one that has been recommended to them.
Reading for pleasure has been shown to be pivotal to life chances. Research by UKLA shows the Summer Reading Challenge increases children’s enjoyment of reading. A host of hugely popular children’s authors are lending their support to by recommending their favourite children’s books in a drive to get children sharing and celebrating reading.
Michael Morpurgo’s recommended read is Gawain and the Green Knight, saying:
“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.”
Join the #PassABook campaign and suggest which books you’d like to pass on to the next generation.
You can also find out more about The Summer Reading Challenge at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
Friday, 4th July 2014
Michael Morpurgo talks to Oscar Pearson about War Horse, working with Steven Spielberg, early life, and Harry Potter. Chat Life hosts guests in film, presenting, writing, comedy and more, offering original discussion.
Tweet this interview link before 31 July for a chance of a signed hardback of his famous book War Horse! http://youtu.be/XRhuQKzAo-Y?t=…
Friday, 4th July 2014
The Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle featured over 300 school children, 24 shortlisted works, six winners and one Best Books Bash.
The event, hosted by TV presenter Mel Giedroyc, rewarded the best and most-loved books for children aged 5-14 years-old, as voted by schools who registered.
Booktrust President Michael Morpurgo started proceedings by delivering a speech which was punctuated with the War Horse author stating: ‘what Booktrust has always been here for is to bring books to children and children to books.’ Adding,
“Books are not just useful things for people to use in school for teaching, they are there to be enjoyed and to get yourself lost in. Of course you need to spell and of course you need to punctuate, but if you don’t have a love of reading then why would you go back to it in the first place? Ted Hughes once told me that ‘prizes aren’t the point of a book’. Prizes are the point for an occasion like this - to arouse interest and excitement. But don’t imagine for one moment that the best book is ‘the best book’, they’re all the best books, otherwise they wouldn’t have been shortlisted.”
Watch a message from Michael