Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Leading role for children's writer

Delighted to hear that former UK Children's Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo is Booktrust’s new President.
The author will take over from the previous president of the UK organisation, Doris Lessing, who passed away last month.
Michael Morpurgo OBE (pictured) is the award-winning author of more than 120 books for children, including War Horse, which has been adapted into a phenomenally successful stage show and film.

Among his many accolades, he has won the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. From 2003-2005 he was the Children's Laureate, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year. Along with his wife Clare, he founded the charity Farms for City Children (FFCC), which offers young children from urban areas the chance to spend time working on farms in the heart of the countryside. More than 75,000 children have taken part in FFCC.
He said: “Booktrust is batting for literature in all its forms. The organisation is particularly meaningful for me: my late stepfather, Jack Morpurgo, was Director of the National Book League, from which Booktrust grew. What Booktrust continues to do is to not simply promote reading, but to enthuse teachers, parents and children with the joy and wonder that can be found in books. To be invited to join them as their president is an honour, and I hope I can make a significant contribution.“
Viv Bird, Booktrust Chief Executive, said: “Booktrust is a huge admirer of Michael Morpurgo, not only as one of the finest storytellers of a generation, but of his tireless work in promoting reading and literacy to change the lives of children. His is a powerful voice and we are incredibly grateful to have his support. We look forward to working together to change the story for children across the country.“
More on the trust can be found at‎
John Dean


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