• Countryside Alliance Team

A Letter From Michael Morpurgo

Hello from me,

Strange times we are all living through. You’ll be isolating at home, schools closed, unable to go out, see friends, do what you want to do, doing lessons digitally, homeschooling. A different life. For a while. Not easy, but it’s got to be done this way, to help get this thing over and done with. And it will be. It will. Reading stories might help. If you get into a book, you can pass the time without even noticing. Books are a fantastic medicine for boredom. And you can escape! You can travel the world, travel in time, live the lives of others, be who you want to be, go where you want to go. Try reading a book a week, a different author each week. And writing stories or poems too, can help you to deal with this new life you’re living. Tell it down onto the page, the screen. Maybe write a daily journal of your life as you live through this, the highs, the lows, the sadness, the fun moments, the thoughts of those you’re missing, your feelings about those around you, about all you long for. Or be someone else and write an imaginary diary. Or write a poem about it, or a story around it. Writing will help you understand things better, help you get through, and out the other side. I’m telling you this, because that’s what I’m doing. Reading, writing, dreaming stories in my head. Like your world, mine has changed hugely. All the plays and concerts, involving my stories, have been cancelled, War Horse, The Mozart Question, I believe in Unicorns, Private Peaceful, Lucky Button. The film of Waiting for Anya was in cinemas only for few days before all cinemas had to close. And of course this means that all those who have been working on them are out of a job. And that is hard, so hard. In a way we writers are lucky. We work at home anyway. It’s what we do. I’m doing a retelling of the Tales of Shakespeare. And loving it. It won’t be out for a year or so. It’s got to be finished, illustrated and so on, and that takes time. But I have just finished my first book of poems, called A Carnival of Animals, inspired by the music of the composer, Saint Saens. You tube it. It’s fantastic music, and I’ve written poems to go with it. Hope it’ll be out on CD by Christmas. And I’ve three books coming out around then too. ‘The Puffin Keeper’, ‘Owl or Pussycat’, and the picture book of ‘War Horse’. I’ll tell you a lot more about those in my next letter. Listen. Look after yourselves, and those around you, keep in touch with those you love who can’t see you. Wash hands! And sing! Sing in the bath, the shower, sing out of the window, sing on Skype, on you tube. Laugh and the world laughs with you. Sing and the world sings with you. Keep singing, keep well, keep happy, keep strong. Much love, 

Michael Morpurgo


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