Author of the Fortnight: Michael Monpurgo

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain

Michael Monpurgo is an English children’s author, perhaps most famous for his novel ‘War Horse’. Since his published work in 1974: ‘It Never Rained: Five Novels’, Monpurgo has won a number of awards, such as the Children’s Laureate and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award. During his years of writing, he was also made an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

After an unhappy life at a number of boarding schools, Monpurgo graduated with a 3rd class degree from the King’s College London. From there he went to teach at two primary schools, one in Kent and another in Cambridge.

Prior to writing his first five novels, Monpurgo and his wife Clare, established the ‘Farms For City Children’ charity. Farms For City Children provides city children with an alternative learning experience, therefore allowing them to gain new knowledge and explore the outer-city world. Pupils may take part in activities such as feeding and cleaning animals.

As a result of his services to youth, Monpurgo was awarded an MBE, later going on to receive an OBE for his literature; his work is often used as part of the curriculum and studied by primary school age children.


The deadline for the haiku writing competition has been postponed…

The haiku may be follow the normal syllable pattern 5 7 5 or traditional Japanese style. For assistance with this click here.

The competition will run up to the 20th of December and may follow any theme. The winner’s work will be published on my blog and I will link to them in all posts for a fortnight.
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