Michael Morpurgo to speak to packed audience at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at May 03, 2017 10:51 AM |
Former children’s laureate to deliver 2017 Annual Creative Writing Lecture on 4 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 May 2017

Photo/interview opportunity, 5.45pm – 6pm on 4 May at Centre for Medicine, Lancaster Road: Michael Morpurgo will be available for short interviews and photos. You must register in advance at kmm48@le.ac.uk to attend.

Photograph of Michael Morpurgo can be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/npav912nocb3za5/Michael%20Morpurgo.jpg?dl=0

The University of Leicester is to welcome the popular and award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo as he delivers its 2017 Annual Creative Writing Lecture this week to a packed house.

The free public lecture on Thursday 4 May, which now has a long waiting list for tickets, was fully booked within a day of opening for registration. The much-loved author, whose books have featured on school reading lists for many years, will speak to an audience of eager students, staff, schoolchildren and members of the public in the Lecture Theatre 1 in the University’s Centre for Medicine at 6pm.

Multi-award-winning author Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s most loved writers best known for his children’s novels, including Toro! Toro! (2001); War Horse(1982), which became an internationally celebrated film and theatre play; plus his latest book, The Fox and the Ghost King (2016), all about Leicester, Richard III and a certain footballing success. He is a former children’s laureate and renowned storyteller.

The Annual Creative Writing Lecture is presented by Literary Leicester and the Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester. It is made possible through a kind donation from Santander Universities UK.

Dr Harry Whitehead, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, said: “I am delighted to have one of the country’s leading authors, Michael Morpurgo, delivering this year’s Annual Creative Writing Lecture. We try to cover a diverse range of genres and writing forms, and this is the first time we have had an author whose focus is a younger audience.

“The lecture continues to be hugely popular. Over 250 attended Robert MacFarlane’s talk in 2016, and we’ve a full house once more this year. We are so proud to play a central role in the university’s and the city of Leicester’s thriving literary scene.”

Matt Hutnell, Director Santander Universities UK, said: “Santander Universities is pleased to support the Creative Writing Lecture through our partnership with the University of Leicester. The ability to think and act creatively is an important skill set that students should strive to develop and this initiative is an excellent example of the way the University of Leicester is supporting their students to do just that.”

  • Michael Morpurgo will deliver the 2017 Annual Creative Writing Lecture on 4 May at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in the University of Leicester Centre for Medicine. Please note that the lecture is now fully booked.


Notes to editors:

The Centre for New Writing

The Centre for New Writing supports the work of writers, teachers of creative writing, independent publishers and literary agencies. Our workshops, colloquia, lectures, masterclasses and seminar series are free and open to the general public. Contact newwriting@le.ac.uk

Literary Leicester

Literary Leicester is a completely free literature festival, hosted by the University of Leicester, which brings together a diverse range of distinguished authors in celebration of the written and spoken word. The 2017 festival will take place from Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18 November and the full programme of events will be announced soon. For more information contact litleic@le.ac.uk

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