Michael Morpurgo is an English author, poet, playwright and
librettist, best known for his work in children's literature. He
was the third person to become Children's Laureate and held the
title from 2003 to 2005.
Michael studied at King's College London, and went on to teach
primary school pupils in Kent. While he was teaching he discovered
his talent for storytelling, stating "I could see there was
magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for
In 1976 Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Clare Morpurgo
established the charity 'Farms for City Children', with the primary
aim of providing children from inner city areas with experience of
the countryside. The charity now has three farms in Devon,
Gloucestershire and Wales.
His story War Horse is an award winning National Theatre stage
production and the feature film based on the novel and directed by
Steven Spielberg is due for release in 2011.
Michael Morpurgo was raised to Officer of the Order of the
British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006 for services to
To find out more about Michael Morpurgo, please visit http://www.michaelmorpurgo.com/.
To view a video greeting from Michael Morpurgo please
2012 Children's University