Messages from Michael

Interview with Michael Morpurgo #Armistice100

Ahead of Armistice Day, we will be sharing clips from an interview with Michael in which he talks about the wartime events that inspired his books and how important it is for children to learn about the devastating effects of war through literature. We’ll be sharing all of the clips… Read More
Michael Morpurgo interview about Black History Month

Michael Morpurgo marks the start of Black History Month

To mark the start of Black History Month, Michael talks about Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army and one of the first black footballers in the Football League. Walter was the inspiration behind Michael’s book A Medal for Leroy and, in this clip, he talks more… Read More
War Horse on Stage

The Play’s the Thing – Michael Morpurgo on War Horse

The play’s the thing. Over these last ten years and more I have often been asked: “How do you explain the phenomenon that War Horse has become?” It’s not too difficult to answer – after all, I have had a while to think it through. It’s the play. As the… Read More
Michael Morpurgo Book Trust Lecture 1 - photo by Joanne O'Brien

The power of stories: Michael Morpurgo’s full Book Trust lecture

Reaching far wider than the London Guildhall audience, Michael Morpurgo’s thought-provoking talk urged parents, teachers and librarians to foster a love of stories in children, rather than focusing on literacy. Below is his inaugural Book Trust Lecture in full; please read and share widely, and keep singing the song. — September 21st… Read More

Michael Morpurgo: The Somme should be a lesson to us all

Michael Morpurgo has written many, many books. But for this former Children’s Laureate, it is the ones he has written about war, most notably of course War Horse, and Private Peaceful, with which his name is most synonymous. And so he accompanied ITV News as they visited the cemeteries that stretch… Read More