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Forthcoming public appearances, functions and events.

Clare Morpurgo - Lunch and talk about the founder of Penguin Books


Ryedale Book Festival

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the iconic Penguin Books by joining us for a special one-course lunch and coffee at the Talbot Hotel in the company of Clare Morpurgo. Clare will be talking about her father and founder of Penguin Books, Sir Allen Lane.

Sponsored by the Talbot Hotel. All proceeds will go to Farms for City Children.

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Hitler And Me With Michael Morpurgo And Judith Kerr


Cheltenham Literature Festival

The award-winning authors discuss their writing with Nicolette Jones in this unique event. Michael’s novel An Eagle in the Snow is based on the extraordinary story of Henry Tandey, who nearly shot Hitler in WWI. Judith’s trilogy Out of the Hitler Time begins with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, recounting her family’s escape from Nazi Germany. She also gives a sneak preview of her new book.

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Where My Wellies Take Me With Michael Morpurgo


Cheltenham Literature Festival

Bestselling author of War Horse, The Butterfly Lion and Kensuke’s Kingdom, Michael Morpurgo joins actor Natalie Walter and the award-winning acapella group Voices at the Door for an unforgettable afternoon of pastoral poetry and music, celebrating nature and the joy of language.

The concert lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval.

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An Eagle in the Snow


Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Michael Morpurgo will be talking about his brand new book set in the second world war, An Eagle in the Snow. It is the extraordinary story of the man who could have stopped World War Two.

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Special Guest: Michael Morpurgo


Harrogate International Festivals

The former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo has written over 130 books. One of our best-loved storytellers, War Horse was adapted to film by Spielberg and stage by the National Theatre. War is a recurring theme in his books such as Private Peaceful, and his most recent novel Listen to the Moon, which centres on a survivor of the sinking of the passenger liner the Lusitania in 1915.

War Horse has been hailed as the greatest anthem for peace. Morpurgo was awarded an OBE for his writing, which inspires children all over the world. His ‘love for the music of words’ was instilled by his own mother, who read books and poems to him as a child. He warns that we lose the eye-wideness of childhood at our peril. “When you write for children you write for open hearts and open minds.”

History is his inspiration – the combination of truth and the magic of storytelling, “speak to us personally and perhaps even have the power to change us as people.”

Prepare to be inspired.

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What Makes A Good Childhood?


The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Celebrated children’s author Michael Morpurgo speaks to Jude Kelly about what makes a good childhood.

This is one of a series of daily keynote talks in which artists and speakers attempt to answer one of the central questions at WHY? festival, drawing on their own childhoods and personal views and aiming to inspire and empower audiences of all ages.

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Where My Wellies Take Me Concert


Yeovil Literary Festival

Bestselling author of War Horse, The Butterfly Lion and Kensuke’s Kingdom, Michael Morpurgo joins the award-winning acapella group Voices at the Door for an unforgettable evening of pastoral poetry and music celebrating nature and the joy of language.

Michael Morpurgo will read the story woven through the book, with poems read by the actress Natalie Walter, and accompanied by pastoral music and songs chosen and arranged by Voices at the Door. An innovative and atmospheric concert celebrating nature and the countryside.

Age Recommendation: 7+

The concert lasts one hour and 15 mins with no interval.

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War Horse - Only Remembered


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.

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Hastings Storytelling Festival


Sussex Coast College

Michael Morpurgo joins Sir Quentin Blake at the Hastings Storytelling Festival, an event which celebrates the oral tradition of storytelling. The performance is as important as the work itself, with original tales told through spoken word, poetry, puppetry, song and movement.

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The Mozart Question


Bath MozartFest

Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Jack Liebeck and The Storyteller’s Ensemble in an interweaving of words and music, to tell his inspiring story of a great musician embarking on his career in the shadow of the Holocaust. Michael Morpurgo says that one of his starting-points was a vision of a small boy in Venice, sitting one night in his pyjamas listening to a violin-playing busker: “He sat totally enthralled by the music that seemed to him, and to me, to be heavenly.”

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Private Peaceful the Concert


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.

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The Best Christmas Present in the World


St Edmundsbury 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.

Almost 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”.

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Tickets are on sale now from both Bury St Edmunds Waterstones stores. Adults £15, children £8, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £40.

On Angel Wings


St John's Smith Square, London

Michael Morpurgo narrates his book On Angel Wings, a magical retelling of the Christmas story, accompanied by Voices at the Door singing traditional Christmas carols.

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On Angel Wings - The Concert


St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne

Suitable for ages 5 and over.

This stunning Christmas concert is written & performed by Michael Morpurgo, author of multi award-winning War Horse and former Children’s Laureate.

On Angel Wings is Michael Morpurgo’s magical retelling of the Christmas story. When the shepherds are invited to follow the star to visit the new born baby Jesus, a young boy is told to stay behind and mind the flock but the Angel Gabriel returns to take him on a memorable flight to be the first to witness the Christmas miracle.

This unique Christmas concert is performed by Michael himself with a beautiful selection of carols sung by a cappella group Voices at the Door. Directed by Simon Reade.

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