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Michael Morpurgo

Festival of Ideas

Talk

● Fully booked

Sunday 16 September 2018
12.30 — 1.30pm

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Michael Morpurgo

Photo courtesy of Harper Collins

Michael Morpurgo talks about the importance of creativity, why we must never talk down to children and why it is important for them to read about war.

Michael Morpurgo is the bestselling author of over 140 books for children – many of which have been set against the backdrop of war, including The Butterfly Lion; Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful. The theatrical production of his award-winning novel War Horse was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007 and celebrates its 10th year in November 2018. Most recently, he has published Flamingo Boy, the story of an autistic boy during the Second World War and In the Mouth of the Wolf, the true story of Morpurgo’s uncles during World War II. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a knighthood in 2018.

Morpurgo talks to the journalist and critic Claire Armitstead about how growing up in the shadow of the war has shaped his work and why he thinks it is now more important than ever that children are exposed to the complexities of conflict.

This event will be followed by a Q&A.

Signed Michael Morpurgo book plates will be available in the bookshops at Burlington Gardens Wohl Entrance Hall after the event.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Sunday 16 September 2018

12.30 — 1.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£16, £10 concessions