Virtual Author Visits

Year 5 met Micheal Morpurgo through an online author visit.
'His Life, His Farm and Writing'
In June, Mrs Walker and Cherry Platts were delighted to join Michael Morpurgo for an online author visit hosted by 'Our Bookshop, Tring' as they had been reading 'Butterfly Lion'. Both the Year 5 children and the staff found the session totally inspiring and found the advice about creative writing extremely useful and interesting.
During the online workshop they were so lucky to get one of their questions put to Michael Morpurgo. 
Mrs Walker and her class asked '"Why are your books so sad?" 
Michael Morpurgo replied saying "That is a very good question. It is a serious question so I am afraid you are going to get a serious answer. The truth is as you know life can be joyful and life can be sad.  When you are writing you have to write truth. You don't write to fool people...I write about what I care about and what I care about is what is wrong with this world. That is the suffering that goes on, the refugees, the wars, the difficulties that we all live through. Now there was a time when I was little when children were protected form all that. There were no phones, you just listened to children's radio and what your parents wanted to tell you. Children nowadays are much more sophisticated if you are writing stories that you want children to read, you cannot patronise them...everybody watching this has had sadness in their lives. So when writing books you have to deal with the joys and the sadness. I tell you what I try to do I try to find something at the end of my stories always to find something positive to say...I think hope at the end of a story is really, really important"
Host Ben, from Our Bookshop Tring, said the question stood out from all the many questions asked by other schools. So well done Year 5!  Mrs Walker said that the fact that their question was chosen left the class in stunned silence; they felt like they were being addressed personally, making the experience even more special.
After the session Year 5 were inspired to read more of Micheal's books and started 'Farm Boy' as their class reader.
Watch the whole session  (aimed at Key Stage 2 children) again use the You Tube link
or clickon the video below.
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