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Forthcoming public appearances, functions and events.

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.

A Literary Evening with Michael Morpurgo

7pm

The Beehive Centre, Honiton

The award-winning author of War Horse, Private Peaceful and many other children’s books will be taking a light-hearted look at his life and works as part of a fund-raising appeal for Villages in Action of which he is a patron.
Villages in Action has been using the arts to enrich and support the social vitality of rural communities across Devon for more than 20 years.They offer top quality, professional yet affordable art experiences to communities in East Devon, Mid Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge and West Devon by working through local volunteer promoters.

How to book

Booking details at thebeehive

5x15

7pm

The Tabernacle

Michael Morpurgo joins Tiffany Watt-Smith, James Rhodes, Martin Rees and Andrew Roberts for unscripted true stories of passion, obsession and adventure.

How to book

Find out more at 5x15stories.com

Michael Morpurgo OBE: The Best of All Possible Worlds

4–5pm

Canterbury University

Connecting children with the environment is of critical importance if we are to turn the tide of environmental illiteracy. Michael Morpurgo will explore the subject of writing about the environment for children, a subject that he has continued to return to through more than 130 books.

How to book

Visit www.canterbury.ac.uk for further details

Michael Morpurgo at Write on Kew

10–11am

Kew Gardens

Michael Morpurgo, the bestselling author of War Horse, reads extracts from his celebrated novel. He is joined by Tim Van Eyken, the original song-man from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage production, singing songs from the show, including: Only Remembered, The Year Turns Round Again and Rolling Home. Joey, the life-size equine puppet star of War Horse makes his Write on Kew debut at this special event. War Horse, which is running at the New London Theatre, has been seen by over 6 million people worldwide.

How to book

Book online at www.kew.org Friends of Kew enjoy reduced-price tickets to Write on Kew events as well as year-round access to Kew Gardens and Wakehurst

Michael Morpurgo - An Eagle in the Snow

12–1pm

Write on Kew, Kew Gardens

Join the great children’s storyteller Michael Morpurgo to hear about his brand new novel The Eagle in the Snow - a beautiful, moral thriller about the man who could have stopped World War II.

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

War Horse and Other Animals (schools only)

11am

Henley Children's Literary Festival

This year’s line up includes Michael Morpurgo in a special event at the Henley Children’s Literary Festival.

How to book

Find out more at www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

The Mozart Question Concert

7:45pm

Hertford Theatre

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

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

11:30–1pm

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.

How to book

Find out more at www.ryedalebookfestival.com

Hitler And Me With Michael Morpurgo And Judith Kerr

12:45–1:45pm

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.

How to book

Find out more at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Where My Wellies Take Me With Michael Morpurgo

2:30–3:45pm

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.

How to book

Find out more at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

An Eagle in the Snow

12:30–1:30pm

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.

How to book

Find out more at www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org

Special Guest: Michael Morpurgo

9am

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.

How to book

Find out more at www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Where My Wellies Take Me Concert

6pm

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.

How to book

Find out more at www.yeovilliteraryfestival.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

The Mozart Question

3pm

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.”

How to book

Find out more at www.bathmozartfest.org.uk

Private Peaceful the Concert

7:30pm

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

On Angel Wings

7pm

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.

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