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Forthcoming public appearances, functions and events.

I Believe in Unicorns

12am

Touring nationally & internationally in Spring & Summer 2015

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.
Adapted by Daniel Jamieson. For 6+.

Tomas didn’t like books or stories. Stories were just for “Little Snotties”. He was happier clambering in the mountains like a goat or tobogganing with his Dad. That was until the Unicorn Lady came to town and reeled him in with her irresistible magic tales. But then disaster struck and put everything that mattered most in Tomas’s life in terrible danger… I Believe in Unicorns is a spellbinding and moving story by one of our greatest storytellers.

How to book

Find venue details and booking information at www.theatrealibi.co.uk

War Horse

8pm

Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen

After the world premiere, ‘War Horse’ instantly appealed around the world, with equal success everywhere: Broadway, an American tour, Australia, a British and Irish tour, Berlin, a tour of the largest Dutch theaters and next year in China. Wherever in the world the audience is thrilled by the extraordinary story and the unique design. Finally the performance comes to Antwerp, with Flemish actors in the main roles in a Flemish translation.

How to book

Find out more at www.war-horse.be

Michael Morpurgo

7:30pm

Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Join master storyteller and award winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo for an enchanting evening to celebrate The Roses’ 40th birthday. Michael supports many charities and recently become the Appeal Patron for the theatre’s 40th Birthday Campaign. His books are celebrated and enjoyed by thousands of readers and many of them have been successfully adapted for stage and screen, such as the moving and beloved ‘War Horse’. This is an event for all of the family to find out about Michael’s life as a writer and how he continues to be inspired to write new stories. He will also read from his latest novel, ‘Listen ToThe Moon’.

How to book

Book online at www.rosestheatre.org

Listen to the Moon and Dreams of Freedom

11am

Hay Festival

Come and listen to Michael Morpurgo talking about his novel, Listen to the Moon.

How to book

The Mozart Question - Concert

6:45pm

Hay Festival

Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

How to book

Book online at www.hayfestival.com

The Mozart Question Concert

7:30pm

York Festival of Ideas

In Partnership with York Minster, author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble. Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust.

How to book

Book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Only Remembered

7:30pm

Derby Book Festival

Join Michael Morpurgo for songs, stories and poetry from the Great War. An evening with Michael Morpurgo and Coope, Boyes and Simpson.

How to book

Find out more at www.derbybookfestival.co.uk

Caerhays Mid-summer Fete

10am

Caerhays Estate

Join Michael Morpurgo for the opening of the Caerhays Mid-summer Fete, followed by a raffle draw at 3.30pm. The spectacular surroundings of Caerhays Castle and estate and will provide the backdrop to the fete, which will feature many of the attractions that would have been enjoyed by previous generations.

How to book

Find out more at www.caerhays.co.uk

Oxford German Olympiad 2015

5–7pm

Oxford

Hear Michael Morpurgo give a short talk before presenting awards at this national event for learners of German aged 9 to 18.

How to book

Find out more at www.ogn.ox.ac.uk

The Mozart Question Concert

3:30–5pm

Revelation St Mary's

Michael Morpurgo author of War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Private Peaceful and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, among many others, is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble to perform The Mozart Question. Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

How to book

Book online at www.revelationstmarys.co.uk

Norfolk Children's Book Festival

12am

Norwich Cathedral

Come and hear Michael Morpurgo talk about his highly-acclaimed novel, Listen to the Moon.

How to book

Look out for further details

War Horse Concert with John Tams and Barry Coope

6:30pm

The Citadel, Barton upon Humber

Author Michael Morpurgo will read from his book accompanied by musicians John Tams and Barry Coope.

How to book

Book online at www.ents24.com

The Mozart Question Concert

6pm

Lichfield Festival

When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his 50th birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all – except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that it is time for the truth to be told. And so follows the story of his parents who, as Jewish prisoners of war, were forced to play Mozart violin concerti for the enemy; how they watched fellow Jews being led off to their deaths and knew that they were playing for their lives.

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.

How to book

Book online at www.lichfieldfestival.org

Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice from The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

12am

Asylum Tent, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall

Imagine being told to leave your home…

Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land…

Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to…

Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.

How to book

Book online at www.kneehigh.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo

12am

Word Factory

Look out for further event details

How to book

Find out more at www.thewordfactory.tv

Michael Morpurgo Presents ...

10:30am

Chichester Festival Theatre

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.

Listen to the Moon is a compelling story of love and loss, of a family and community fractured by war, but also of the power of hope and the survival of the human spirit against the odds.

How to book

Book online at www.cft.org.uk

I Believe in Unicorns Wizard Presents

11:30am

Vaudeville Theatre

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings, I Believe in Unicorns, Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s story, back to the Vaudeville Theatre.

Back by popular demand, for a second magical West End season, this intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady (Danyah Miller) in his local library…

An enchanting and interactive show, I Believe in Unicorns sparks the imagination of both young and old. We’re sure that you too will believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’s spellbinding journey!
Suitable for a family audience and children aged 6+

How to book

Book ticket online at www.nimaxtheatres.com

Running Wild, new adaptation by Samuel Adamson

7:15pm

Chichester Festival Theatre

Following the tragic death of his father, everyone is keen to help young Will. When his grandmother suggests an Indonesian holiday it’s a dream opportunity to encounter the elephants he adores and learn about his own heritage.

No-one could foresee the world-changing events of Boxing Day 2004. Or the remarkable elephant who would carry Will deep into the jungle after the Tsunami.

But before he can allow the orangutans, monkeys, snakes and other animals to heal his wounds, he has to escape the hunters and their terrifying boss, the evil palm oil king, Mr Anthony.

This thrilling and touching tale of healing and the power of nature is set in the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation, against the backdrop of monumental sculptures and dramatic settings.

Directed by Dale Rooks, this promenade production captures the story through a montage of haunting soundscapes, jungle beats, chants and magnificent life-size puppetry by former War Horse puppeteers, Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié. Rooks’ previous credits include last year’s acclaimed The Hundred and One Dalmatians and the promenade production of Noah (2012). Caldwell and Olié‘s most recent work includes The Light Princess and The Elephantom for the National Theatre.

The audience will follow the production on foot through a variety of locations, including some steep and uneven ground.

Suitable for children aged 7+.

How to book

Book online at www.cft.org.uk

Michael Morpurgo Talk

6pm

Langport Library

Listen to Michael Morpurgo’s ‘History into Fiction and the Lusitania’ talk. The 40 min talk will be followed by questions from the audience. There will be no book signings but we will raffle a couple of his books signed by him.

How to book

Tickets can be bought only in person and only from the library. No tickets can be reserved in advance by phone or other means. One person may purchase up to 2 adult and 3 child tickets. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the library entrance on the evening of the talk. Children are up to and including 16 years. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Villages in Action

12am

The Beehive Centre, Honiton

How to book

Write on Kew - a Literary Festival

11am

Kew Gardens

How to book

Find out more at www.kew.org

Fact and Fiction – where the ideas came from for my novels

6pm

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

For 17 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them. The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics. The lectures also feature LJMU’s Good Citizenship Awards which recognise the often overlooked contributions that local, young people from different cultures and communities make to society today.

All lectures are free but you need to reserve your place in advance.

How to book

Visit www.ljmu.ac.uk for further details

Michael Morpurgo Talk

11am

Henley Literary Festival

Join Michael Morpurgo at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

How to book

Find out more at www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

The Mozart Question Concert

12am

Hertford

Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

How to book

Find out more at www.hertfordchildrensbookfestival.co.uk

Ryedale Book Festival

12am

Ryedale

Come and see Clare Morpurgo speak at this year’s Ryedale Book Festival.

How to book

Find out more at www.ryedalebookfestival.com

Cheltenham Literature Festival

12am

Cheltenham

How to book

Find out more at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Cheltenham Literature Festival

12am

Cheltenham

How to book

Find out more at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

12pm

Isle of Wight

How to book

Find out more at www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org

Harrogate Festival

12am

Harrogate

How to book

More information coming soon at www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Yeovil Literary Festival

12am

Yeovil

How to book

Find out more at www.yeovilarts.co.uk

Hastings Storytelling Festival

12am

Hastings

How to book

Find out more at www.hastingsstoryfest.org.uk

War Horse - Only Remembered

8pm

Sherbourne Abbey

War Horse the book was inspired by a fireside chat in a Devon pub, over 30 years ago, with a veteran of the First World War. It has since been a National Theatre play, a symphony concert piece, a radio play and the Spielberg movie. But this concert version adapted by John Tams (the song-maker of the NT production, now four years into its London run) and sung by John Tams himself and Barry Coope, is the closest of all the adaptations to the original book, in which the voice of the storyteller is the voice of Joey, the horse on a Devon farm, sold away to the army to go to the front in 1914.

How to book

Book online at www.sherbourneabbeyfestival.org

Bath MozartFest

12am

Bath

How to book

Find out more at www.bathmozartfest.org.uk

Private Peaceful the Concert

12am

Southwell Minster

Master-storyteller, and best-selling author, Michael Morpurgo, joins a cappella trio, Coope, Boyes & Simpson in this rare performance of Private Peaceful: The Concert. Based on his award-winning book about Tommo Peaceful’s path from Devon Village to World War 1 trenches, the trio’s songs match and intensify Morpurgo’s inspired narration, offering a unique and timely reminder of the human cost of the war to end all wars.

How to book

Download concert details at www.southwellminster.org

The Best Christmas Present in the World

12am

Wells Cathedral

A reading by Michael Morpurgo of his Christmas book, The Best Christmas Present in The World, with Virginia McKenna and accompanied by the acapella Voices at the Door (including Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes) singing Christmas carols from Britain, France and Flanders.

How to book

Find out more at www.wellscathedral.org.uk

The Best Christmas Present in the World

12am

Guildford

A reading by Michael Morpurgo of his Christmas book, The Best Christmas Present in The World, with Virginia McKenna and accompanied by the acapella Voices at the Door (including Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes) singing Christmas carols from Britain, France and Flanders.

How to book

Christmas Concert

12am

St John's Smith Square, London

How to book

Find out more at www.sjss.org.uk

On Angel Wings the Concert

12am

Durham Cathedral

How to book

Find out more at www.durhamcathedral.co.uk