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Thursday 24 November 2016

Brighton Bound War Horse Author Receives Action For Childrens Arts J M Barrie Award

Storymaker, playwright and performer, Michael Morpurgo's work reaches across the arts. It's a career that's been recognised with the author receiving the J M Barrie Award for his contribution to children literature.

Morpurgo is the author of over one-hundre-and-forty books, and his novels have been adapted into hugely successful productions for both the stage and screen. Most notably the National Theatre's production of War Horse, which visits The Brighton Centre in 2018.

His 'best story', as Michael says, was founding the charity Farms For City Childrenwith his wife Clare. 

It began forty years ago, and Michael and Clare have since received MBE"s for theirwork in education. 

Now working across three farms, the charity offers around 3,000 children a year frominner city schools the chance to spend a week living and working on a real farm. 


Michael Morpurgo was appointed Children's Laureate from 2003-2005, a role that originated from an idea between Michael with his good friend, poet Ted Hughes back in 1997, which has continued to champion and highlight the work of children's authors and illustrators. In 2006 Michael was made an OBE for his work in children's literature.

The J M Barrie Award is presented by Action for Children's Arts and is given annually to a children's arts practitioner whose lifetime's work has delighted children and will, in the opinion of the charity's trustees, like J M Barrie's Peter Pan, stand the test of time. 

Previous winners have included Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr OBE , Sir Quentin Blake, Bernard Cribbins OBE and Roger McGough CBE.

Michael Morpurgo said: 'JM Barrie, or Peter Pan, tells us: 'The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it".  

"Storymakers and storytellers like Barrie, and like all the previous winners of this award, have given us the hope and faith children need, we need, to  keep flying, have sustained us through dark and troubled times, have banished doubt. 

"To touch the lives of children, to witness their listening and reading silence, is reward enough in itself. This is simply the icing on the cake."  

The National Theatre's acclaimed production of War Horse visits The Brighton Centre from 25th January to 10th February 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.


by: Mike Cobley


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