Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, is the former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author of over 130 books for children, including Private Peaceful, The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom and War Horse, which first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. It continues to be performed at the New London Theatre to packed theatres. War Horse was released as a film directed by Steven Spielberg in January 2012. In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children. The charity runs three farms around the country, in Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and North Devon. Each farm offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience. Michael’s latest novel is Listen to the Moon, published in Autumn 2014 by Harper Collins.