Meet former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo in Barnstaple

Acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo

Acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo - Credit: Libraries Unlimited

One of the world’s best-loved contemporary children’s writers will be talking about his love of storytelling and the importance of reading for children at an event next month. 

Michael Morpurgo, who lives in Devon, will present his latest books at the Libraries Unlimited-organised event in Barnstaple. Boy Giant is about a young refugee from Afghanistan, When Fishes Flew tells the story of an Australian-Greek girl discovering her great aunt’s role in WWII, and Carnival of the Animals is a collection of poetry about animals. 

Lisa D’Alberti, senior supervisor at Barnstaple Library, said: “This event was originally planned for last year but had to be postponed because of Covid restrictions. We’re delighted that Michael Morpurgo has agreed to reschedule. 

“His speaking events are as compelling as his writing and so we’ve also moved the location to Petroc which will enable us to welcome more people to enjoy meeting him.” 

Michael Morpurgo is the former Children’s Laureate (2003 – 5) and has written almost 120 books.  

His most famous works include War Horse which became a stage play using giant puppets and was the most successful ever production by the National Theatre. It was also made into a Stephen Spielberg film nominated for six Academy Awards and five BAFTAs. 

The event will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 2pm at Stanbury Hall, Petroc College, Old Sticklepath Hill, Sticklepath, Barnstaple EX31 2BQ. The venue has free parking (including accessible) and accessible toilets. 

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Waterstones will be selling pre-signed books on the day. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the event for £1 to win a signed copy of Boy Giant with all proceeds going to Barnstaple Library Friends Group. 

A network of 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay, and four Devon mobile libraries, are run by Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff and community owned charity. 

Join up for free by filling the online form Join the Library - Devon (devonlibraries.org.uk) or Torbay (torbaylibraries.org.uk) and follow Libraries Unlimited on Facebook. 

For further information and full contact details please visit: librariesunlimited.org.uk

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