The buzz in the sold out auditorium of Lincoln Drill Hall was electric and exploded into wild applause as Sir Michael Morpurgo took the stage with BBS Radio Lincolnshire’s Charlie Partridge.
They first talked about The Mouth of the Wolf and Michael had us spellbound as he read the opening pages.
“The story is important to me because it’s the story of my family. Every one of us has stories in our families that are passed down like that … It’s the only story I’ve written which is entirely non fiction. It’s a story so remarkable it needs no embellishments.”
They then went on to talk about Flamingo Boy with vivid verbal images of the Camargue and Michael’s own family encounter with autism.
In the Q&A he offered wonderful advice to budding writers in a audience whose ages ranged from 8 to 80.
”We all have ideas. If you live a life that’s interesting, and you meet people, and you go places, stuff happens. From that well of experience from time to time something happens that you want to tell a story about.”
Michael suggested that in order to build a body of material, every night the writer should write down a couple of sentences from what had happened or been seen or experienced that day. When writing, just write; let the words flow. Let the story run down your arm and onto the paper. The punctuation, grammar and spelling follow later.
Much to everyone’s delight he teased. He teased the year 6’s; he teased teachers; and even his wife, Clare, didn’t escape.
What a special evening with Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE in our headline author event at Lincoln Drill Hall tonight. And it finished with a song. Sir Michael led the chorus of Only Remembered from War Horse, as we near the centenary of WWI Armistice Day. “Only remembered for what we have done.”
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