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An Evening with Michael Morpurgo
November 25, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm£10. – £16
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Join us for a very special evening of conversation with Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain’s best-loved writers.
Michael will discuss All Around the Year, his remarkable first book, a diary of Parsonage Farm in Iddesleigh, North Devon, where life is remote and has remained unchanged for centuries. This book is the story of a family farm, with its daily hardships and rewards, and is accompanied by the poems of Morpurgo’s friend and neighbour, Ted Hughes, whose own writing was inspired by his nearby farm. It is illustrated with the beautiful photographs of James Ravilious, who documented rural life in Devon for 17 years and worked closely with Clare and Michael Morpurgo to create the first edition.
Originally published in 1979, All Around the Year was life-changing for Morpurgo. It was his first book, and these early impressions of the English countryside grew into a deliberate undertaking that he describes as the best story of his life: the founding of Farms for City Children, a charity started with his wife Clare in 1976, that has since enabled over 100,000 city children to spend a week in the countryside, living and working on a farm.
Now newly republished to celebrate his 80th birthday and five decades of Michael’s charity Farms for City Children, we are very honoured to host Michael at what will be a momentous and fascinating evening.
Michael will be in conversation with Adrian Cooper, editorial director and co-founder of Little Toller Books. The talk will be followed by an audience Q & A.
There is also a live streaming ticket for those unable to attend. The content will be available to view until midnight of Friday 1st December.
PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a book signing following the talk, but Michael will be pre-signing copies especially for this event beforehand. To be guaranteed one of these, please select the “Signed Copy’ option and the quantity required when your purchase your ticket.
These books will be available to collect on the night, or from the Dartington Trust Bookshop in Totnes from the following Monday.
‘I love this book for so many reasons, because of so many people: because of Ted Hughes’s poems, because of the photographs by James Ravilious, because it’s about the place where Clare and I live, where our family grew up, and which helped me grow my stories, War Horse, Private Peaceful and many others, and because it’s a living story still being told every day.’