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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

In conversation with Michael Morpurgo

In conversation with Michael Morpurgo

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

in partnership with Kite Festival

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available. 

Please note: children are very welcome at this ThinkIn! Children’s tickets are FREE to all Tortoise members. If you’d like to bring your offspring with you, please let us know by emailing thinkin@tortoisemedia.com. 

Michael Morpurgo is the former children’s laureate and author of many wonderful children’s books, the most famous of which is, perhaps, War Horse. His first new children’s novel in over two years is published on September 30th, 2021, called When Fishes Flew. After leaving the army, Michael became a teacher before moving to Devon with his family and starting a charity called Farms For City Children. He and his wife ran it together for over 25 years, with Michael writing children’s books ‘on the side’. 

Come along to the Tortoise newsroom to spend an hour in Michael’s company, in conversation with James Harding about his life and work. We’ll explore the relationship between literature and literacy in teaching, the impact of lockdown on children’s imaginations, how classic children’s literature resonates in a modern cultural context and the state of children’s publishing in general. 

This ThinkIn is presented in partnership with KITE. 

KITE is a new Festival of Ideas and Music which will take place in Oxfordshire in June 2022, brought to you by Tortoise and Neapolitan Music. Tickets will go on sale this autumn. Follow @KiteFSTVL for lineup announcements. 


Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner