Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo, OBE FKC AKC (born 5 October 1943) is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children's literature. He was the third Children's Laureate.

Early life

Michael Andrew Bridge was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, the son of Tony Bridge, an actor known professionally as Tony Van Bridge.Gore-Langton, Robert. Daily Telegraph (US). 27 Jul 2010, retrieved 2011-04-17. His stepfather, Jack Morpurgo, was a writer and professor of literature at Leeds University. His great-grandmother was the soprano Marie Brema. His grandparents wereÉmile Cammaerts, a Belgian poet who also taught French at the girls school, Queens College, Harley Street, London from 1915 to 1931, and Tita Brand, an actress. His uncle, Francis Cammaerts, was a Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent with the French Resistance.Morpurgo, Michael. The Guardian (UK). 5 August 2006, retrieved 2011-04-17

During the last years of World War II he was evacuated to Cumberland; he later moved back to London, and then on to Essex. He attended schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury (his unhappy experiences at boarding school would inform his novel The Butterfly Lion, one of his more famous works). When he attended The King's School, Canterbury, he was once described as being "rather stupid but great at rugby". He later trained...
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