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Michael Morpurgo: Where do writers get inspiration?

Language: English
Genre: Animals, Classics, Fiction, History, Inspiration
Age group: 9-11, 12-14

Watch the beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo talk about his work, life and books. Michael reads from his book An Elephant in the Garden and answers burning questions from children across the nation. Your pupils will be inspired to pick up a pen and get writing! 

A full transcript of the event is available to download.

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could do before or after watching this event.

Introducing Michael Morpurgo LIT 1-01a, LIT 2-04a, LIT 2-05a, LIT 2-09a

In the event, Michael talks about his writing inspiration and career. Watch the broadcast and listen to Michael discussing why and how he became a writer. You can also find out lots about Michael on his website(this will open in a new window). In pairs, discuss what makes a good story, what holds the reader’s attention, what makes you want to read on in a story. Then create five questions that you would like to ask Michael. In pairs ask each other these questions and imagine what these answers would be.

For shorter clips from this event visit the BBC Scotland Learning(this will open in a new window) website.

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