Michael Morpurgo’s books are enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of readers. Many of Michael’s stories are re-told in different ways, from stage performances and blockbuster films, to concerts with his wonderful words set to music. Michael supports many charities and always finds the time to meet his fans at special reading events.
Monday, 20th October 2014
Photo: Alex Rumford for the National Theatre
Michael Morpurgo joined Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, to visit the poppies installation at the Tower of London on Sunday 19 October. Joey walked amongst the poppies and Michael Morpurgo planted a poppy before reading the Roll of Honour.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is a major art installation at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
Each of the poppies is available to buy online for £25 (+p&p) with 10% of profits and all net proceeds being donated to six service charities.
Throughout the installation period (05 August to 11 November) at twilight, you can witness from Tower Hill terrace the names of 180 serving military killed during the First World War being read out in a roll of honour. This is followed by the ‘Last Post’ bugle call played by a single bugler.
For more information on Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, please visit www.poppies.hrp.org.uk
For further information about War Horse www.warhorseonstage.com
Michael Morpurgo’s powerful new novel Listen to the Moon was in part inspired by the Lusitania Medal that used to be in his family. These medals were made by the British (but copied from the original German design) in 1916 as a propaganda tool to highlight the sinking of RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat – an event considered a war crime in 1915.
We have a genuine 1916 medal, in its original box and with its original propaganda leaflet, and you could win it in our competition, together with a copy of Listen to the Moon and a poster. Good luck!
Michael Morpurgo discusses his latest novel, Listen to the Moon, with Claudia Winkleman on BBC Radio 2
Master-storyteller and bestselling author Michael Morpurgo will be joined by the outstanding English acappella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson to perform Private Peaceful, a show based on his bestselling book, at Christ’s Hospital Theatre.
This year’s Shrewsbury Bookfest Remembers programme includes a performance of The Best Christmas Present in the World written and performed by Michael Morpurgo with Virginia McKenna and the singing group, ‘Voices at the Door’, directed by Simon Reade.
STORYSTOCK celebrates one of the world’s most successful writers with performance, workshops, tea parties and music all themed around his life and work.