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Michael MorpurgoBy Anna GAVRILUK (2014)Michael Morpurgo (5 October 1943, age 70)Michael Morpurgo is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist who is known best for children's novels. He had been a successful childrens writer for more than 30 years, his catalogue never out of print. Michael Morpurgosbooks are enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of readers. Many of his stories are re-told in different ways, from stage performances and blockbuster films, to concerts with his wonderful words set to music. Michael supports many charities.OBE, FKC, AKC. From 2003 to 2005 he was the third British Children's Laureate.BiographyEarly lifeBorn in 1943, he attended schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury. He went on to King's College London, University of London to study English and French, followed by a step into the teaching profession and a job in a primary school in Kent. It was there that he discovered what he wished to do.He was the child of a broken marriage at a time when that was still considered a shameful secret. Morpurgo was separated from his biological father, actor Tony Van Bridge, in infancy.His parents were at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) together.But his father went off to war, fathering two boys [Michael and his older brother Pieter] during his short leaves. While Tony Bridge was serving in Iraq, his mother, KippeCammaerts, fell in love with Jack Morpurgo, one of the first editors at Penguin Books and a distinguished academic historian. His mother felt that upbringing of her son was not part of her life. She didnt want to be reminded of it. Tony Bridge was not going to hang around and be the father who needs to look after his children; he felt that one good parent is a great deal better than two wretched ones. When his mother remarried, his name was changed to Morpurgo. He didnt meet his real father until he was 19, when watching the 1962 film version of GreatExpectations with his mother, in which Bridge appeared.Michael Morpurgo was educated at schools in central London, Devon, Sussex and Kent. He was such a good chap at The Kings School in Canterbury that his groupmatesmade him head boy.He later trained for the British Army at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then took up a teaching job. He graduated with a 3rd class degreein English and French from King's College London.

Life and career.From teaching to writingHe took a very poor degree at Kings College.Morpurgo's first job was as a primary school teacher. It was working in state and independent schools in and around London that he discovered the joys of storytelling:"I could see there was magic in it for them, and realized there was magic in it for me."Morpurgo's work is noted for its "magical storytelling",for recurring themes such as the triumph of an outsider or survival, for characters' relationships with nature, and for vivid settings such as the Cornish coast or World War I.Farms for City Children (FFCC)He might have been even more a product of his time and indeed, his social class, if it had not been for the influence of his wife Clare, the Quaker-educated daughter of Jack Morpurgos boss, Sir Allen Lane, the visionary founder of Penguin Books. When Sir Allen Lane died, the couple decided to use Clares inheritance to do something positive to enrich childrens lives. They are simply not getting what they should from their education. No matter what their background, their boundaries were not being pushed intellectually, physically or emotionally. The most important thing is enrichment, being able to make a contribution, a feeling of self-worth.They bought Nethercott in the mid-Seventies, a large Victorian house by Dartmoor, and lived there with their two sons and one daughter. Here they began their charity Farms For City Children, which they still run today, where children from a deprived urban environment can come and work with animals. They now have three farms Nethercott in Devon, Treginnis in Wales and Wick in Gloucestershire. As a teacher I realized many children had little real contact with the world around them to them the television was real. I wanted them to experience life at first hand. In the last 30 years over, 50,000 children from cities and towns throughout the UK have spent a week of their lives living and working on one of the three farms. In 1999 the couple were created Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of these services to youth. CharitiesMorpurgo is patron to the number of charities, such as The Prince of Wales Art and Kids Foundation; What about the Children?; Montessori Education UK; The Unicorn Theatre; The Lincoln Book Festival; The Works Theatre Company; The Down Syndrome Educational Trust;English PEN, Readers and WritersMichael Morpurgo is also the President of Book Trust and Vice Chancellor of The Childrens University.AdaptationsGentle Giant was presented as an opera by composer Stephen McNeff and librettist Mike Kenny at the Royal Opera House in 2006. Film versions have been made of Friend or Foe (1981), Private Peaceful (2012) and Why the Whales Came (1989), the latter also being adapted to a stage play.My Friend Walter (1988) 'Purple Penguins' (2000) and Out of the Ashes (2001) have been adapted for television.War Horse has been adapted as a radio broadcast and as a stage play, premiring in South Bank, London, in 2007, with the horses played by life-sized horse puppets horses. The show transferred to the West End and the show premiered on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Around five million people worldwide have seen a production of the show. War Horse was also adapted as a 2011 British film directed by Steven Spielberg.In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Morpurgo, OCLC/WorldCatencompasses roughly 300+ works in 1,000+ publications in 25 languages and 55,000+ library holdings. He is known primarily for the more than 120 books he has written.From War Horse to Farm Boy, The Dancing Bear to Born to Run, Michael Morpurgo talks about the animal theme in his books.War HorseFirst published in 1982, War Horse was inspired by conversations with First World War veterans. Since the National Theatre adaptation, he has worked with leading figures in stage and screen and enjoyed visiting the stables of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Despite his ease with the horse that stars as Joey, Morpurgo confessed he has never liked riding. Its thought to be Michael Morpurgos best book.In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joeys courage touches the soldiers around him.War Horse also tells the plight of the soldiers, both German and English and the horrors that they went through. An amazing and tragic book based on the most bravest horse trying to find his owner crossing the battlefield of No Mans Landand losing some of his friends on the way.This extraordinary story will reach out to anyone and will take pity of any humans heart. Its full with emotion and character amazingly narrated by a horse. It captures Joeys feelings and the deathly battle of the First World War.Farm BoyThe magical sequel to War Horse. Fifty years after Albert and Joey fought their way home from the battlefields of WWI, Alberts son tells his own grandson more about the brave horse and the daring risks his family took.Joey and his owner return from the war as heroes and then settle down back into life on the farm, but soon horses will not be needed on the farms or in the towns with the invention of tractors and cars.It is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories touchingly told to his grandson.Private PeacefulThomas Tommo Peaceful and his elder brother Charlie do everything together. They used to go to school together, face their problems together, sleep and eat together; they even loved the same girl,Molly,but now they have to face the many facets of war together.Charlie, being older than Tommo, had always protected and looked out for his younger brother.Molly had become pregnant with Charlie's child and Tommo became extremely heartbroken.All through this time, Tommo recorded his feelings in the novel. The rest of the story describes the brothers' experiences of the war: their Sergeant "Horrible" Hanley, the near misses during battle on the front line.During a charge of the German lines, Charlie disobeys a direct order from Sergeant Hanley and stays with Tommo while he is injured on No-man's-land. As a result, Charlie is accused of cowardice.Tommo ends the story in the present tense with Charlie's execution and the promise of looking after Charlie and Molly's new baby, Little Tommo.Private Peaceful epitomizes the devastatingly unfair treatment soldiers were given and the unjust ending many brave soldiers had to face. It is also, a story about the friendship between the two brothers and the undying bond of trust between soldiers in the trenches.The book was adapted into a play of the same name by Simon Reade, first performed at the Bristol Old Vic in 2004, anda film adaptation of this novel was created in 2012 and was directed by Pat O'Connor.The Butterfly LionAll my life Ill think of you, I promise I will. I wont ever forget you.This novel was informed by his unhappy experiences at boarding school.Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.It tells of loneliness and love in a way that is wholly appropriate for young readers and is really important book for children to learn, to appreciate the emotional aspect of a relationship with an animal - either wild or domestica