I believe in Michael Morpurgo

I’ve always loved Michael Morpurgo‘s writing. It’s full of heart and soul and lovely, musical rhythms and cadences. Before I became a writer for young people, I read dozens of his books (he’s written over 100!) but it’s been a while since I’ve picked up one of his lovely stories or novels. I’d almost forgotten what a treat it is to read his work.

I Believe in Unicorns began as a short story but Morpurgo adapted it to a slightly longer format and turned it into a very small novella. I’ve read both versions of this story this week. The short version was in Singing for Mrs Pettigrew which is a very unusual collection of stories interspersed with notes about where the stories came from, his journey to becoming a writer and what is important in both real life and fiction. There are few children’s writers who I admire as much as Morpurgo. I think I’ll have to add ‘read every book Michael Morpurgo has ever written‘ to my list of New Year’s Resolutions. For anyone interested in writing for younger readers, Singing for Mrs Pettigrew is a must-read. For anyone – old or young – who loves a good story, find yourself a copy of I Believe in Unicorns and you’ll see why I believe in Michael Morpurgo. I believe in him absolutely.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

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