Archive: Jun 2016

Michael Morpurgo: why we should remember the first world war

Speaking to The Guardian Children’s book site back in 2014, Michael Morpurgo explores how the first world war still looms large in our imagination. He also describes what it’s like to watch War Horse performed in a theatre once frequented by Hitler, how he’s not a hero,… Read More

A lifetime of stories from Michael Morpurgo – in pictures

July 2016 will see the opening of the Michael Morpurgo exhibition at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, with The Guardian offering readers a sneak peek at what’s in store for visitors. Have a look at the manuscripts, photos, notebooks and memorabilia being exhibited here! For… Read More

An Elephant in the Garden is on tour!

1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. It is Lizzie’s story – but Marlene, the elephant is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering – Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human… Read More

Why The Whales Came – on stage

This autumn, the award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded… Read More

The EU was the most positive political project in my lifetime

Following the results of the referendum, Michael Morpurgo has written a piece for The Guardian, reflecting on his experience of being within the EU. ‘…the world seems more fragile [at] the moment than I have ever known it’ To read on, click here [Photo credit: Kevin Lake, 2016]… Read More
Monmouth Literary Festival

Michael Morpurgo kicks off Monmouth Literary Festival

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo praised Monmouth’s three senior schools for uniting to create a unique literary festival when he headlined their event last night. The charismatic novelist ignited a love of storytelling in people of all ages when he spoke to a packed audience at the town’s Savoy Theatre,… Read More

Michael Morpurgo at BookTrust

Michael at a gathering of current and former laureates with BookTrust to discuss the laureateship. Left – right: Chris Riddell, Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Malorie Blackman & Michael Morpurgo   [Photo credit: Kevin Lake, 2016]… Read More
Borders Book Festival

Borders Book Festival

Michael Morpurgo recently attended the Borders Book Festival, discussing his haunting novel, Private Peaceful, as the special commemorative edition is released in the lead up to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.    … Read More

Michael Morpurgo makes short work of some classic stories

This week, Oxford University Press (OUP) have published a new collection of 35 classic books, all in new, shorter and simpler form, designed to get children hooked on the stories before they are old enough to read the original books.   The complete “Greatest Stories” collection, which Michael Morpurgo hopes… Read More