‘Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories’ at Seven Stories, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

This event is running from 02 July 2016 until 02 July 2017. It is next occurring at Saturday 27th May 2017

‘Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories’

Visit the exhibition from 2nd July 2016 – 2nd July 2017.

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books introduces an exclusive exhibition drawn directly from Michael Morpurgo’s extensive archive donated to Seven Stories in 2015.

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story makers and this unique exhibition will showcase, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Farm Boy.

Explore the secrets behind Michael’s storytelling through his original drafts, adaptations, scripts and unpublished manuscripts.  With content rich in historical research, creativity and poignant prose, this exhibition will showcase the processes behind some of the most loved titles in modern children’s books.

Imagine, daydream and pen your own story ideas, inspired by Michael and his beloved Devon in a replica of Michael’s very own creative caravan. Surreally, vast amounts of orange school notebooks reveal themselves as an important place for Michael’s first ideas and drafts.

The various and familiar themes in Michael’s story telling – war, the countryside and farming, the Scilly Isles and friendship – are explored throughout the exhibition using atmospheric soundscapes.

A handwritten draft of War Horse will be on display for the first time, showing how the story evolved from first draft to publication of the book, to adaptation for the National Theatre and Steven Spielberg film scripts. Props from stage and film including a goose puppet, on loan from the National Theatre, a maquette of the Joey puppet and a World War I painting that inspired War Horse, by war artist F. W. Reed are also on show.

Included in the exhibition will be artwork from some of the many illustrators who have contributed to Michael’s books over his career which is now into its fiftieth year.

Michael and his wife Clare Morpurgo established Farms for City Children at Nethercott House, Devon in 1976. The signifcance of rural life and connection with nature is a key theme in Michael’s work and will be reflected in the exhibition.

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