Project Description

Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories will look at the author’s life and writing process as well as the lives he created for some of his remarkable characters. A handwritten draft of War Horse will be on display, showing how the story evolved from first draft to publication, as well as a maquette of the Joey puppet.

Devised by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the hugely successful exhibition was opened at their museum in 2016 and has been touring the UK since 2017. The exhibition will include draft manuscripts, photographs, notebooks and correspondence which chronicle Michael’s creative process and writing career. These will include the writing of War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom and The Butterfly Lion. It will also include artwork loaned by some of Britain’s greatest illustrators including Sir Quentin Blake, Patrick Benson and Michael Foreman. Come and explore an atmospheric soundscape and learn about Morpurgo’s themes of war, farming and friendship and see inspiring original material for famed works like War Horse.

Private Viewing 7pm, August 28

Storywalks recently ran a digital creation workshop through the galleries of the exhibition. When visiting the exhibition you can solve the clues and read the story created during this workshop here:

This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by local Bideford business Mitchell & Dickinson Ltd


A Lifetime in Stories © David Dean