Wednesday, 19th November 2014
Radio 4’s Front Row announced last night that Michael Morpurgo’s latest novel Listen to the Moon has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award at the 2014 Costa Book Awards.
Discussed by Samira Ahmed and HarperCollins author Stephanie Merritt (aka SJ Parris), Michael’s latest novel of World War One joins other titles by Simon Mason, Kate Saunders and Marcus Sedgwick. Of Listen to the Moon, the judges said:
“A captivating, utterly transporting war novel that lives on powerfully in the memory.”
Click here to see the full shortlist of other categories.
Thursday, 13th November 2014
On Angel Wings is a beautifully poignant and atmospheric retelling of the Christmas story. This unique concert is performed by Michael Morpurgo and actress Juliet Stevenson. Carols are sung by a cappella group Voice at the Door, including Georgina Boyes, Jim Boyes, Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Lester Simpson. The concert is directed by Simon Reade.
Tickets can be purchased at www.onangelwings.co.uk
The concert in Aid of Farms for City Children, a charity founded by Michael and his wife Clare that aims to expand the horizons of children from towns and cities all over the country by offering them a week in the countryside living together on one of our farms.
“We have lots of children who benefit from/need to do more than just play with computers and watch TV etc. We like the emphasis here on teamwork etc.” Eleanor Palmer Primary, Camden
Find out more about Farms for City Children at farmsforcitychildren.org
Monday, 10th November 2014
On Armistice Day, we observe a Two Minute Silence at the eleventh hour, to mark the end of the First World War. As we choose to remember all those who have given their lives for peace and freedom, we reflect on the past events that have shaped the world we live in.
Only Remembered, is a collection of powerful words, chosen by some of the UK’s leading cultural, literary and political figures, and edited by Michael Morpurgo.
High-profile contributors include Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, actors Joanna Lumley and Emma Thompson, authors Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Jilly Cooper, Charlie Higson and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, as well as many other well-known figures including Sarah Brown, Richard Curtis, Sir Roger Bannister, Ben Elton, Ben Barnes and Miranda Hart – all of whom introduce their piece with a personal explanation of their choice.
This thought-provoking anthology is a uniquely diverse mix of fiction and non-fiction, poems and songs, personal accounts and images – many of which have never-before been seen in print. Renowned illustrator Ian Beck has created the cover and artwork, and has also made a selection inside. The result is a visually rich and hugely accessible collection for children and adults.
Michael Morpurgo comments,
‘’ Only Remembered is for all of those from the 10 million soldiers killed on all sides, many were young and some even younger, barely out of school. Most never grew old enough to know or be known by their children or their grandchildren. This book is made for all of them.”
Royalties from the book are shared between the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA).
Saturday, 8th November 2014
Photo credit: Alex Rumford for the National Theatre
Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for peace and freedom. It is a day on which we pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brace Service men and women.
Join Michael Morpurgo at 3pm today at The Imperial War Museum as he discusses how his experiences of the devastating aftermaths of the Second World War helped to inspire his writing.
This Peace lecture is organised by The Movement for the Abolition of War. No booking is required by there is a limited capacity for this lecture and seats will be offered on a first come first served basis.