A project has been set up by Newcastle University and Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, to celebrate the work produced by Michael Morpurgo.
Custodianship of an archive of the authors work has been granted to Seven Stories, an archive and children’s museum which contains draft manuscripts, notebooks, photographs and other materials.
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL) have collaborated with Seven Stories to embark on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), which is a Government-run programme designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness and level of productivity using the knowledge and skills within UK universities.
The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is funding the project which will result in an exhibition opening in Newcastle in July 2016, followed by a national tour.
Morpurgo’s ability to craft stories will be explored in the exhibition, alongside the profound effect that his literature has upon readers of a young age.
From the School of English, Dr Jessica Sage, Dr Anne Whitehead and Dr Lucy Pearson will work with Seven Stories to provide an expert insight into the ways in which Morpurgo constructs his stories.
According to Dr Sage, “There is already a strong connection between the University and Seven Stories which is illustrated by the annual David Almond Fellowship award and the fact that a number of SELLL graduates are now employed at Seven Stories.
“This new KTP project will cement that relationship further by helping to build new and more diverse audiences for the exhibition, both academic and non-academic, for this exhibition and for Seven Stories’ public programmes.”
Seven Stories will welcome Michael Morpurgo on 14th December for a performance of his Christmas story ‘On Angel’s Wings’. The evening is a fundraising event to raise money for the archives.
Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Award.
For more information about the archives and events at Seven Stories, visit www.sevenstories.org.uk.