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Forthcoming public appearances, functions and events.

I Believe in Unicorns

12am

Autumn Tour 2014

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books. Directed by multi award winner Dani Parr and designed by Kate Bunce. Produced in association with House, Watford Palace Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton

How to book

View performance venues and times at www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

Private Peaceful

7:30pm

The Beacon, Wantage

Commemorating the 100th year anniversary of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

How to book

Book online at www.beaconwantage.co.uk

War Horse and the Pity of War

12am

Memorial Hall, Marlborough College

The Writing of the First World War plus a commemorative exhibition of work by Olivia Lomenech Gill.

How to book

Who Will Sing the Anthem, Who Will Tell the Story?

3pm

Imperial War Museum

Join acclaimed writer Michael Morpurgo as he discusses how his experiences of the devastating aftermath of the Second World War helped to inspire his writing.

This Peace lecture is organised by The Movement for the Abolition of War.

There is a limited capacity for this lecture and seats will be offered on a first come first served basis.

How to book

Free entry, no booking required. Find out more at www.iwm.org.uk

Private Peaceful

7:30pm

Buxton Opera House

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

How to book

Book online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Armistice Day with Michael Morpurgo in Ely

6:45pm

Ely Cathedral

We mark Armistice Day and the centenary of the beginning of First World War with a special evening of readings in Ely Cathedral. Michael Morpurgo introduces Only Remembered, an anthology of war writing and illustrations - featuring everything from poetry to new pieces of writing, personal accounts and short stories. The entries have been chosen by a range of well-known figures, from Sir Terry Pratchett and Emma Thompson, to Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, and Joanna Lumley.

This will be a memorable and moving evening suitable for all ages, and a truly special way of commemorating the soldiers who fought and died in the Great War.

How to book

Book online at www.toppingbooks.co.uk

The Best Christmas Present in the World

2:30pm

Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury

In November this year the Bookfest Remembers programme will include 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.

The play is based around the story of how in December 1914 the British and German forces famously laid down their arms to play a game of football and a letter that is found by chance almost a century later bringing one soldier’s experience hauntingly to life.

How to book

Book online at www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk

Best Christmas Present in the World

2:30pm

Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury

Reading by Michael Morpurgo of his Christmas book Best Christmas Present in the World, with Virginia McKenna and accompanied by a capella voices of Voices at the Door (six-piece award-winning singing group, including Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes) singing Christmas carols from Britain, France and Flanders.

A century after the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match in No-Man’s Land between the British and the Germans, a soldier’s letter is found by chance in an antique desk - “Jim’s Last Letter: to be buried with me when the time comes.” And thus begins the quest to find “Dearest Connie”.

Directed by Simon Reade. Best Christmas Present in the World has been performed before in Belgium, Bristol and at the National Theatre. - See more at: http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/best-christmas-present/#sthash.ahuE72CI.dpuf

How to book

Find out more about the Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest at www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk Book online at www.theatresevern.co.uk

Private Peaceful The Concert

7:30pm

Christ’s Hospital Theatre

An Evening with Michael Morpurgo with Coope, Boyes & Simpson

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.

How to book

Book online at www.christs-hospital.org.uk

On Angel Wings

6pm

St Luke's Church. Chelsea

A retelling of the Christmas story by Michael Morpurgo.

Performed by Michael Morpurgo, ​author of multi award-winning War Horse, and actress Juliet Stevenson.

Carols sung by a cappella group Voice at the Door, including Georgina Boyes, Jim Boyes, Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Lester Simpson. Directed by Simon Reade.

Concert in Aid of Farms for City Children.

How to book

Book online at www.onangelwings.co.uk

On Angel Wings

6pm

St Luke's Church. Chelsea

A retelling of the Christmas story by Michael Morpurgo.

Performed by Michael Morpurgo, ​author of multi award-winning War Horse, and actress Juliet Stevenson.

Carols sung by a cappella group Voice at the Door, including Georgina Boyes, Jim Boyes, Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Lester Simpson. Directed by Simon Reade.

Concert in Aid of Farms for City Children.

How to book

Book online at www.onangelwings.co.uk

The Best Christmas Present in the World

8:30pm

Saint Martin’s Cathedral, Ypres

Performance about the Christmas truce with narrators Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna and music by The Voices at the Door.

How to book

www.gonewest.be - +32 (0)70 21 15 15 + Ypres/Ieper Tourist Office