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Alistair Mooney Alistair Mooney | 12:18 UK time, Thursday, 17 February 2011

Worth catching on BBC iPlayer is Michael Morpurgo's Richard Dimbleby Lecture. In his inspirational speech, Set our Children Free, his theme is the rights of children, while urging respect for parents and teachers.


I hadn't heard of Michael Morpurgo before our Authors Live event in June. But from that event and watching talks and interviews with him in our Learning Zone clips, elsewhere on the BBC, on his website, on Youtube, and this recent one from Teacher's TV, I've found him to be an engaging speaker and entertaining storyteller.

In the second half of his impassioned speech he turns his attention to this country. If you can't spare the full 44 minutes, watch from 27 minutes for the question we should be asking, "are we doing the best for our children in schools here at home?". With survival and liberty, education is one of the most fundamental rights of the child. How can we all make a real difference to young lives?

The 35th Richard Dimbleby Lecture will be available on BBC iPlayer until Tuesday evening - watch or download it while you can.

Update: You can now watch an extract from Michael Morpurgo's Lecture online, or embed into your own blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    He is a total star and has made bed time reading to my daughter a complete pleasure for last three years at least. Great narratives and great cast of characters - you should have a read at some of his work.


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