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Forthcoming public appearances, functions and events.

War Horse (Touring)

12am

The Lowry, Salford

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

I Believe in Unicorns

12pm

Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand, London's West End

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.

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 imagination in both young and old, and challenges you not believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’s spellbinding journey.

How to book

Book online at www.nimaxtheatres.com

Barroux & Michael Morpurgo

4:30–5:30pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Last year’s Illustrator in Residence returns to talk about his remarkable graphic novel, Line of Fire. Based on the diary kept by a French soldier during the First World War, Barroux’s work provides a fresh perspective on the first two months of the conflict. He is joined by playwright and author Michael Morpurgo who wrote the introduction to the English translation, for what promises to be a very special event.

How to book

Book online at www.edbookfest.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo: Only Remembered

1:30–2:30pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Only Remembered is a timeless and seminal anthology of First World War literature for children, edited by Michael Morpurgo and featuring artwork from renowned illustrator Ian Beck. Join Michael to hear more about this remarkable collection, which includes contributions from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures.

How to book

Book online at www.edbookfest.co.uk

In Flanders Fields: English and Flemish Songs, Stories and Poetry from The Great War

6:30pm

Kings Place, Hall One

Bestselling author Michael Morpurgo joins the Coope, Boyes and Simpson a cappella trio and the Paul Rans Ensemble from Flanders, Belgium for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music marking the centenary of the First World War.

Michael will read a selection of war poems, including some by his own grandfather, the eminent Belgian scholar, poet and playwright Emile Cammaerts, accompanied by a mixture of English and Flemish songs composed by Coope, Boyes and Simpson and Paul Rans capturing the spirit of the Great War.

The evening is supported by the Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK and the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’ in Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium.

How to book

Book online at www.kingsplace.co.uk

Friend or Foe

7:30–2:30pm

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

A thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo (author of War Horse and The Butterfly Lion).

Evacuated from London at the height of the Second World War, David and Tucky can’t help feeling as though the fighting is a long way away from their new lives in the countryside. But then suddenly, one night, the skyline is lit up with gun flashes and the distant sound of bombing shatters their new found peace.

How to book

Book online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

Private Peaceful

7pm

The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

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.northdevontheatres.org.uk

Only Remembered & Listen to the Moon

4:30pm

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

This family friendly event offers adults and children aged 8 years and above the chance to hear Michael talk about his experiences of writing about the First World War with his collection Only Remembered. He will also be talking about his forthcoming novel, Listen to the Moon, which is about submarines and islands and the sinking of The Lusitania.

Michael will be introduced by Madeleine Birch.

How to book

Book online at www.budlitfest.org.uk

War Horse (Touring)

12pm

The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

Michael Morpurgo Q&A

6:30pm

Times +

Join Times+ at the Grand Connaught Rooms on September 24 for a Q&A with author Michael Morpurgo. Michael will be giving a talk on his latest book, Listen to the Moon, followed by an audience Q+A session. This event is suitable for the whole family (ages 8+). The ticket price also includes a copy of Michael’s latest book.

How to book

For more information and to book tickets visit mytimesplus.co.uk

Simply Books presents ... Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller

7pm

The Plaza- Stockport’s magnificent art-deco theatre

We are thrilled to welcome Michael Morpurgo back to Simply Books and invite you to join us for a memorable evening for all the family.

Michael joins us on publication day to talk about his new novel Listen to the Moon : inspired – in this centenary year of the First World War - by the tragic sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and set in Michael’s beloved Scilly Isles.

Michael is unable to sign books due to an injury to his arm. However, each copy of Listen to the Moon will come with a special bookplate and a unique publication day stamp to commemorate the evening. Michael will also be staying after his talk to ‘meet and greet’ should you wish to come up and say hello (please bear in mind there could be a very long queue!!)

We’ll also be running a competition for any children coming to the event to win the chance to meet Michael Morpurgo backstage and have their book personally signed/dedicated. Details of how to enter will be sent out with all bookings.

How to book

Phone 0161 439 1436 or email events@simplybooks.info Simply Books, 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 1BD www.simplybooks.info

An evening with Michael Morpurgo

6:30pm

The Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA

The former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse and Private Peaceful will be talking about his life, work and latest book Listen to the Moon. Event information can be found at Waterstones events

Please note: Due to an arm injury Michael Morpurgo is unable to sign copies of his books. However, there will be an opportunity for a meet and greet with Michael after the event and printed bookplates with his signature will also be available.

How to book

Tickets are available from Waterstones Leamington and Waterstones.com/tickets

Listen to the Moon

4–5pm

St Michael's Church, Appledore Festival

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the world famous storymaker Michael Morpurgo talking about his new novel Listen to the Moon, a wonderful, moving tale set on the Isles of Scilly during the First World War, and telling the story of a key moment in history, the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915.  Michael Morpurgo is the bestselling author of over 130 books, including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom and The Butterfly Lion He has lived in Devon for many years where he set up his charity Farms for City Children with his wife Clare.

How to book

Book online at www.appledorefestival.co.uk

Private Peaceful

7:30pm

Court Theatre, Tring

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.courttheatre.co.uk

Roseland Festival

5pm

Roseland Festival 2014

Michael Morpurgo will be appearing at this year’s Roseland Festival, which takes place from Saturday 20th September - Saturday 4th October

How to book

Visit the Roseland Festival website for more information.

Gala Launch for Hertford Children's Book Festival and a performance of Private Peaceful

7pm

Hertford Theatre

A cast of authors , actors and poets, including Simon Pegg and Emma Kennedy will give short readings of some of their favourite stories! After the interval, there will be a performance of Private Peaceful by Scamp Theatre & Fiery Angel. Originally written by Michael Morpurgo. Adapted and Directed by Simon Reade

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.hertfordtheatre.com

Private Peaceful

12–1:30pm

Hertford Theatre

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.hertfordtheatre.com

Cheltenham Festival

10–11am

Cheltenham Festival

There’s magic and adventure afoot when Mimi finds a baby dragon in the woodshed. Join Michael Morpurgo and Helen Stephens for this spellbinding event: Michael will read his latest book as Helen brings the story to life before your eyes with live illustration. Also hear them talk about their work together as author and illustrator.

How to book

Book online at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Bath Children's Literature Festival - Private Peaceful The Concert

4–5:30pm

Children's Bath Literature Festival

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

Book online at www.bathfestivals.org.uk

I Believe in Unicorns

1:05pm

Havant Literary Festival

Olivier Award-nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.

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 hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

How to book

Find tour dates at www.thespring.co.uk

Wells Festival of Literature

3–7pm

Wells Festival of Literature

We are thrilled to be opening the Festival with a talk in the Cathedral from Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse. It is the first time that the Festival’s Cathedral speaker has been a children’s author, and it heralds an expansion of the work we do in schools throughout the year. Michael Morpurgo will also be providing a Q&A session following a screening of Private Peaceful.

How to book

Book online at www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

Ryedale Book Festival - Private Peaceful The Concert

4pm

Ryedale Book Festival

Michael Morpurgo will be giving a special musical performance of Private Peaceful along with Coope, Boyes & Simpson. In addition to this, Michael Morpurgo will be visiting Malton to work with children from 20 local schools thanks to a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation supporting a WW1 Centenary project.

How to book

Find our more at www.ryedalebookfestival.com

Private Peaceful - Ilkley Literature Festival

12pm

Ilkley Literature Festival

Michael Morpurgo returns to the Festival with a moving performance of his award-winning, story Private Peaceful with renowned Yorkshire a cappella ensemble Coope, Boyes and Simpson. Carnegie medal winning author of Skellig, David Almond also returns to Ilkley with an event for adults as well as one for young people.

How to book

Book online at www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

An evening with Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman and Morris Gleitzman

7pm

Michael Croft Theatre Alleyn's School Dulwich

This is a unique opportunity to hear three of the best writers about war - Michael Foreman, Morris Gleitzman and Michael Morpurgo discussing their books set around World War One including Foreman’s recent novel about Gallipoli, Ali Pasha, Morris Gleitzman’s Loyal Creatures, a novel inspired by War Horse, and Michael Morpurgo’s latest novel, Listen to the Moon, set on the Scilly Isles in World War One.

Books will be on sale at a special price at the event. Michael Foreman and Morris Gleitzman will be signing there books after the talk. Michael Morpurgo will not be signing, but will be happy to meet fans on the stage.

How to book

Tickets online at www.mct.alleyns.org.uk or Phone - 020 8693 2808 Email - dulwich@village-books.co.uk Twitter - https://twitter.com/@bookshopdulwich Facebook - /villagebooksdulwich

Thame Arts & Literature Festival

12pm

Thame Arts & Literature Festival

Come and listen to Michael Morpurgo talk about his latest World War One novel, Listen to the Moon, at this year’s Thame Festival.

How to book

Book online at www.talfestival.org

I Believe in Unicorns

4pm

The Woodville

Olivier Award-nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.
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 hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library.

How to book

Book online at www.woodville.co.uk

I Believe in Unicorns

4pm

Theatre Royal, Margate

Olivier Award-nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.

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 hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

How to book

Book online at www.theatreroyalmargate.com

An Elephant in the Garden

7pm

Exeter Northcott Theatre

1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meets: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.

It is Lizzie’s story – but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

An Elephant in the Garden is the new adaptation by Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel. It is very much in the theatrical mould of their previous collaborations on Michael’s war stories Toro! Toro!, The Mozart Question and the theatrical touring phenomenon Private Peaceful.

School’s matinee Thur & Fri 1.30pm
Sat matinee at 2pm with special guest Michael Morpurgo for the Post Show Talk

How to book

Book online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

I Believe in Unicorns

2pm

Trestle Theatre, St Albans

Olivier Award-nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.

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 hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

How to book

Book online at www.trestle.org.uk

Storystock Festival

4:30pm

Storystock Festival

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

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

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

Only Remembered

6:45pm

Ely Cathedral

How to book

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

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

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