Morpurgo is latest big name for festival

Derby Book Festival has announce that Hays Education has agreed to sponsor the Festival’s Primary Schools Meet the Author event with Michael Morpurgo on Monday, June 8, in Derby Theatre.

As part of their sponsorship, Hays Education are running a competition in Derby City schools for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to design a front cover for one of Michael’s books. 

Hays will be awarding book vouchers to the schools with the top three entries. The winning covers will be framed and presented to the pupils at the Michael Morpurgo event on June 8. 

Each school has been invited to register to attend the special event and Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, will be sending invitations to six lucky children from every city primary school to meet him on June 8. Michael will read from his books and answer the children’s questions. The event will be free for all schools and aims to inspire children’s love of reading by meeting one of their favourite authors.

Emma Kwiatkowski, director for Hays Education said: “Giving children the opportunity to meet the author of some of their favourite books is a chance of a lifetime!”