The film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book, Private Peaceful, screened to an audience of over 7500 children as part of the Centenary commemorations of WWI.
Pupils were given the opportunity to ask Michael about his writing, including questions about his passion for re-telling history through the voice of an individual whose life has been affected by tragedy and loss.
The event marked the start of Cityread London which will run throughout the entire month of April with events in every London borough. Cityread promotes reading for pleasure and encourages people to explore and celebrate their city’s history.
Private Peaceful is being celebrated as part of the scheme, with a programme of activities including: the participation of The British Library; comic-strip workshops by graphic novelist Karen Rubin; and the appointment of a Young Writer-in-Residence for the duration of the scheme (in partnership with Spread the Word). For full details of the events taking place all over London visit the Cityread Calendar.
The Private Peaceful DVD is available to buy in Sainsbury’s, HMV & WHSmith and online