Former Children’s Laureate and author Michael Morpurgo is to be Booktrust’s new President.
The previous president was Doris Lessing, who died recently.
Michael Morpurgo OBE is the award-winning author of over 120 books for children, including War Horse, which has been adapted into a successful stage show and film. He has been chosen for many awards, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. From 2003-2005 he was the Children’s Laureate, and in 2005 was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year. Along with his wife Clare, he founded the charity Farms for City Children (FFCC), which offers young children from urban areas the chance to spend time working on farms in the heart of the countryside. Over 75,000 children have taken part in FFCC.
Michael Morpurgo said:
‘Booktrust is batting for literature in all its forms. The organisation is particularly meaningful for me: my late stepfather, Jack Morpurgo, was Director of the National Book League, from which Booktrust grew. What Booktrust continues to do is to not simply promote reading, but to enthuse teachers, parents and children with the joy and wonder that can be found in books. To be invited to join them as their president is an honour, and I hope I can make a significant contribution.’