Michael Morpurgo’s writing tips

I’m a huge fan of Michael Morpurgo and was once fortunate enough to host him for a talk as well as tour he and his wife around Victoria.  His books tend to be of the universal rather than age-dependent sort which is one of the things I like best about his writing.  Dear Ollie remains one of my all-time favorites, but he’s written so many others that I have enjoyed.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve read a Morpurgo book that I didn’t like.  He recently posted writing tips in The Guardian are well worth checking out. I particularly liked this one.

The most important thing is to live an interesting life. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open. Talk to people and visit interesting places, and don’t forget to ask questions. To be a writer you need to drink in the world around you so it’s always there in your head.

Here are two of my most recent favorite Morpurgo reads.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. James
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 16:44:41

    I too am a big admirer of Michael Morpurgo’s work. I really enjoyed Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful. If I had to choose my favourite Morpurgo books, these are the two I’d pick.


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