Michael Morpurgo:The Butterfly Lion to War Horse

Michael Morpurgo:The Butterfly Lion to War Horse

17 June 2019

Michael Morpurgo and Ade Adepitan in conversation during the Invictus UK Trials 

Sheffield welcomes Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK's most loved story-tellers and bestselling author of War Horse, Private Peaceful and the Butterfly Lion.

In this one-off event he talks to Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan about his life and work and about writing about war and its consequences.

This is an unmissable opportunity to hear about the stories, people and creatures that have inspired him to write. 

The event is especially organised to coincide with the Invictus UK Trials.

Ade Adepitan is an author himself and currently has 2 books out: Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parson’s Road Gang and Ade Adepitan: A Paralympian's Story. His second Children’s book Cyborg Cat and the Night Spider is out on 3rd October, with all proceeds going to Children in Need.

Michael began writing stories in the early 1970s, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  

Now one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers he was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped establish with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

Michael has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

His book, Private Peaceful was adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and a film, directed by Pat O'Connor. He has won numerous awards including those voted for by children themselves, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Children’s Book Award.

His latest books are Muck and Magic illustrated by Olivia Lomenech-Gill about the sculptor Elizabeth Frink, Flamingo Boy, a novel set in the Camargue region of France and In the Mouth of the Wolf, the true story of the lives of Michael Morpurgo’s uncles.

A son and grandson of actors, Michael has acting in his blood and enjoys collaborating and performing live adaptations of his books at festivals, concerts and theatres.

Michael's books have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Bulgarian and Hungarian, Hebrew and Japanese.   He travels all over the UK and abroad talking to people of all ages at literary festivals, telling his stories and encouraging them to tell theirs.

With his wife Clare, he set up the charity Farms for City Children, which offers children and teachers from inner-city primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week on one of the charity’s three farms in Devon, Gloucestershire and Wales. Over 100,000 children have visited the three farms run by the charity since it began in 1976.  Teachers frequently comment that a child can learn more in a week on the farm than a year in the classroom.  HRH The Princess Royal is Patron of the charity.  The couple were awarded joint MBE's for their work in education.

Tickets £11,

Concessions (Unwaged, Disabled, Under 18 & Armed Forces) £5.50 (inc. booking fee)

Tickets for An Audience with Sir Michael Morpurgo (subject to booking fees) at Sheffield City Hall are available online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.

 For interview opportunities with Sir Michael and Ade please contact 

Iain McCallum on 07771 636612 / 011162im@gmail.com