Archive: Jul 2016

War Horse puppets to be auctioned for charity

Puppets from the successful stage play War Horse are to be sold for charity.   The puppets are being sold in aid of the Handspring Trust, a charity for puppet theatre arts. To read the story in full, click here [Photo credit: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg]… Read More

Michael Morpurgo on BBC Radio 2

This week, Michael Morpurgo was interviewed by Russell Davies on BBC Radio 2’s The Art of Artists, speaking about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career. To listen to the full interview on BBC iPlayer, click here… Read More

For the Love of Reading: Passing on the Passion

This year’s conference had Michael Morpurgo as its keynote speaker, discussing how you instil a love of reading in children and what steps you should take to pass on the passion you have for great stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction. The conference also offers a strong set of resources… Read More

Frank Cottrell Boyce: what’s the point of culture in Brexit Britain?

In a recent article in The Guardian, Frank Cottrell Boyce has considered the cultural legacy of Britain post-referendum. One of his key points included an evaluation of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, as shown below …increasingly the arts are having to justify their own existence. And increasingly they do so… Read More

Michael Morpurgo talks to Books for Keeps

For the latest edition of the Books For Keeps magazine, Michael Morpurgo has given an interview to talk about his new book, Such Stuff, and the brand new exhibition at Seven Stories. Click here to read the full interview!… Read More

War Horse – featured on Blue Peter!

In celebration of the opening of Seven Stories’ Michael Morpurgo exhibit, A Lifetime in Stories, the BBC’s Blue Peter took a look at some of the pieces from the exhibit. Watch the episode on iPlayer now, and from 18:15 you could see the first ever handwritten draft of War Horse! Simply… Read More

Michael Morpurgo on The Arts Hour

On the most recent episode of BBC’s The Arts Hour, Michael Morpurgo spoke about the way he gets his story ideas. To listen to the episode on BBC iPlayer, click here and skip to 39:54 to hear Michael discussing his writing. [Photo credit: Kevin Lake, 2016]… Read More

Michael Morpurgo brings storytelling to life for Cumbrian pupils

Michael Morpurgo visited lucky pupils at Casterton Sedbergh Prep School to talk about his writing and also to thank the children for the money they have raised for his charity, Farms for City Children. Michael and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children in 1976 at Nethercott Farm, deep… Read More

A lifetime in Stories – now open at Seven Stories!

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books introduces an exclusive exhibition drawn directly from Michael Morpurgo’s extensive archive donated to Seven Stories in 2015. Michael visited the exhibition for the opening, along with with David Almond and Seven Stories’ very own Story Catcher, Jayne. Michael & Joey, reunited… Read More