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Read, Watch and Listen

Dream Time

“The more time you spend in ‘dream time’ living in your head where the story is, imagining how the people involved would feel – then you can lose yourself utterly in the story. That’s what I try to do.” Michael Morpurgo

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

What's in a surname?

A major research project is on course to create the largest, most detailed and most accurate database of the UK's family surnames.

Kensuke's Kingdom

A young visitor to Seven Stories explores Michael’s notebooks for Kensuke’s Kingdom (1999), one of over 150 books Michael has written for children. Michael wrote the story after he received a letter from a fan asking him to write a story about a boy stranded on a desert island.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.

Collecting the Legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh left an exceptional body of work across arts, architecture and interior design. He was someone who was very much of his time – but who was also looking to the future through his work, and who has remained enduringly popular.

Translating the 'Zibaldone'

One of the most famous works in Italian Literature has finally been translated into English thanks to AHRC funding.

Michael and his illustrators

A Storycatcher engages with visitors in the Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime of Stories gallery. The exhibition has a section dedicated to illustrators of Michael's books, where artwork by Sir Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman and Patrick Benson is on display.

Image: Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books, photography by Rich Kenworthy.