Friday, 13th November 2015
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Several unpublished books written by Michael Morpurgo before his career took off are part of an archive the author has given to a children’s book museum.
The War Horse author has donated his manuscripts, notebooks and letters to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle. They include handwritten draft versions of his most popular books including The Butterfly Lion and Private Peaceful.The archive also has three unpublished novels, a picture book and a script.
Read the full story by Ian Youngs online at www.bbc.co.uk
Friday, 6th November 2015
Michael Morpurgo performs War Horse - Only Remembered on Saturday 7th November at Sherbourne Abbey.
War Horse the book was inspired by a fireside chat in a pub, with a veteran of the First World War. Over 30 years later, this concert version, adapted by John Tams and sung by John Tams himself and Barry Coope, is the closet of all the adaptations to the original book.
View full details at www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org
Thursday, 5th November 2015
Michael Morpurgo is among the authors on this year’s shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2016. The prize, which is divided into three categories, is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children.
“They have chosen a truly great shortlist,”
said award coordinator Wendy Gilham.
Three-time winner Michael Morpurgo is shortlisted for Listen to the Moonin the Books for Older Readers category.
The award is run by the Federation of Children’s Books Groups. Past winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo who has already won a record three times, and now may achieve his fourth win!
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London next May.
Wednesday, 21st October 2015
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, is honoured to be the custodian of Michael Morpurgo’s archive. The archive contains draft manuscripts, photographs, notebooks and related correspondence from his first publication It Never Rained (1974, Macmillan) to An Eagle in the Snow (2015, Harper Collins). Well known and loved works including War Horse (1982, Egmont), Private Peaceful (2003, Harper Collins), On Angel’s Wings (2006, Egmont) and Shadow (2010, Harper Collins) are represented.
Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children. His work spans 40 years and a career that has seen the publication of over 150 books for children, traversing wide-ranging topics that explore historical events, natural history and the environment, adventure and family life. Morpurgo is a true champion of children and young people’s culture, creativity and their right to read and enjoy stories. He was instrumental in setting up the Children’s Laureateship in 1997, and his services to children’s literature were recognised in 2006 when he was awarded an OBE.
“I have known Seven Stories for a number of years and admired the way that it has worked quietly and diligently to fill an obvious gap in our culture by founding a National children’s literature archive and by using it to make amazing exhibitions” says Michael Morpurgo, explaining his reason for the donation. “Seven Stories is a most extraordinary achievement for the country and for Newcastle. It is our National Centre for Children’s Books created for the enjoyment and inspiration of children and adults, and it does this by embracing the whole children’s book world. It made sense to us that it should be the home for my stuff”.
Kate Edwards, Seven Stories Chief Executive added,
“We were honoured and humbled when Michael said that he would like Seven Stories to be custodian of his archive. Our museum’s mission is to save, celebrate and share Britain’s rich and wonderful literary heritage for children. This archive will be treasured, studied, showcased and enjoyed for many generations to come, giving a real and fascinating insight into the creative life of this important and well-loved author.”
You can find out more at www.sevenstories.org.uk