Thursday 8th June 12pm The Meakin Room


“Stories make you think and dream, books make you want to ask questions.”

One of Britain’s best loved writers for children, the nation’s favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo will open the Festival on Thursday 7th June to share his latest book “In the Mouth of the Wolf”, a dream collaboration of Michael’s wonderful story-telling and illustrations by award winning and critically acclaimed artist Barroux.

Michael has written over 100 books including Private Peacfeul, Why the Whales Came, The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Award.  Thirty years ago he and his wife founded the charity Farms for City Children which has now enabled over 60,000 children to spend a week living and working down on the farm. Michael was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

In the Mouth of the Wolf is the true story of Michael’s uncle Francis Cammaerts as he experiences the devastating impact of WWII and the knife-edge danger of life in the Resistance and his family is changed for ever.