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.
Friday, 3rd July 2015
Dean Close Prep School Community was very excited to welcome Michael Morpurgo to this year’s Speech Day. Mrs Lawrence and the cast of Private Peaceful were delighted Michael watched scenes from the children’s play they had staged earlier in the year. He then gave the cast a lesson in how to take a bow, explaining that they must bow at least 90⁰ and stay down for the count of one rhinoceros, two rhinoceros, three rhinoceros to maximise levels of applause and if they could squeeze a forth in, that wouldn’t be a bad thing!
Michael entertained children and adults alike with a moving speech about the benefits of challenging ourselves. Sharing personal childhood memories to demonstrate how, when he was most afraid, he took a chance and scored a valuable try as a small 8yro scrum half.
Everyone was enthralled when Michael sang an unaccompanied solo of the song “Barley Corn”, a song taken from the stage performance of War Horse. What an absolute privilege to have Michael with us on Speech Day, a treasured memory for us all to keep for years to come.
Best-selling author of War Horse, Private Peaceful, and this season’s promenade production of Running Wild, Michael Morpurgo reads from and talks about his latest novel.
Join an unmissable evening of storytelling and conversation with award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo, short story champion Jane Feaver (who will be leading this month’s masterclass), and one of the UK’s best short story writers Stuart Evers, chaired by Word Factory founder Cathy Galvin.
The Mozart Question explores how something so sublime as Mozart’s music can be used for evil purposes, but with such a light touch that it shirks nothing and yet is supremely suitable for family audiences.
A very special opportunity to hear the well-known author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo speaking about his books and what inspires his writing.