Former laureate Morpurgo launches story-telling sessions at islands’ library


Westcountry author and former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo will be the guest at the Isles of Scilly’s inaugural story-telling session at its new library.

Year 6 children from St Mary’s and the off islands will be in the audience at the venue on the opposite side of Porthcressa Square to the islands’ tiny one-time benefits office where the library was most recently housed.

The hour-long reading session has been planned to allow time for the children not just to listen to the author but also for them to engage in a question and answer session with him about his work.

Michael’s regular summer visits to the Isle of Scilly have inspired several of his stories, including The Wreck of Zanzibar, Arthur, High King of Britain and The Sleeping Sword.

“It’s really good of Michael Morpurgo, who’s a regular visitor to Scilly, to agree to launch our story time sessions at the new library,“said community services chairman Richard McCarthy

Council librarian Kirsty Graham added: “We’re also hoping that Michael Morpurgo’s appearance will be just the first of many from other writers with links to Scilly who can come and share their work at the library, not just with children but maybe with readers of all ages.”

Regular storytime sessions will be run on a monthly basis, through July and into October.

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