Come and see Michael Morpurgo, live and in person, at this year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Saturday 5th July.


With his award-winning books inspiring television series, theatrical productions and even a blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg, Michael Morpurgo is no stranger to having his work adapted to a variety of audiences.
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival has invited the former Children’s Laureate along to perform a unique recital of his wartime novel for older children, Private Peaceful, on Saturday 5th July.
Private Peaceful tells the story of teenager, Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful, a soldier during the First World War. Through vivid depiction of Tommo’s experiences, the audience gains a powerful understanding of the harsh realities of life at war.
Private Peaceful: The Concert sees Michael team up with acappella trio, Coope, Boyes & Simpson, to mark the centenary of the First World War with an intensely moving musical performance of his bestselling book.
The main atrium of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Geoffrey Manton Building provides the suitably grand setting for this dramatic and hard-hitting narration. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets soon to avoid disappointment.
Another of Michael’s acclaimed books, War Horse, provides inspiration for the Saturday Playhouse. This light-hearted puppet-making workshop is taking place at The Lowry on Saturday 5th July. Entry is free to the Lowry event, so festivalgoers are invited to swing by  in the morning before Michael’s performance
and join in the fun!

This wonderful event is brought to you in association with Browne Jacobson. As part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, Browne Jacobson are also hosting an art competition for children of all ages. To get involved, or find out more, click here

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