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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

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First broadcast: Sun 11 Apr 2004

Children's Laureate, Author of War Horse

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the widely respected children's author and the current Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. He styles himself as a 'story-teller/writer' and the themes he explores are the relationships between young and old, children and animals and children's experiences of loneliness and self-reliance.
He was initially planning on a career in the military and trained at Sandhurst, but a change of direction led him to study English at university and become a teacher and then, when he was aware his class were bored with a book he was reading to them, started telling them his own stories.

Together with his wife, Clare, he set up the charity Farms for City Children in Devon to give inner-city children the opportunity to experience life on a farm, working with animals and being close to nature. The charity now has three farms and they have been visited by more than 30,000 children. He is the third Children's Laureate and says he is devoted to giving children a love of books and reading. His own works include War Horse, Kensuke's Kingdom, Why the Wales Came and, most recently, Private Peaceful.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' - 5th movement (Shepherds' Song)

Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Exsultate, jubilate

Soloist: Margaret Marshall Orchestra: The Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major - 2nd movement

Soloist: Andrew Marriner Orchestra: London Mozart Players

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Coope Boyes & Simpson

6.

Coope Boyes & Simpson

The Burning Mill at Messines

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Thomas Tallis

7.

Castaway's favourite

Thomas Tallis

Spem in alium

Choir: Tallis Scholars Conductor: Peter Philips

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Bill Whelan

8.

Bill Whelan

Dancing at Lughnasa

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Book

The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry by Ted Hughes

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Luxury item

Waterslide

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