Emma Carroll and Michael Morpurgo in conversation with Katherine Woodfine

Thursday 7th October 2021
18:00 at Waterstones, Online Events

Join us online for a very special event with two bestselling children’s authors, Emma Carroll and Michael Morpurgo as they talk about their incredible new books The Week at World’s End and When Fishes Flew.

In conversation with children’s author Katherine Woodfine, these amazing authors will talk about their books, writing processes and how they conduct their research when writing  history adventure stories, and you’ll even get the chance to put your own questions to these astounding writers at the special event.


£5 General Admission

£15 with a copy of The Week at World’s End (UK Post Only)

£15 with a copy of When Fishes Flew (UK Post Only)

£28 with both books (UK Post Only)

Michael Morpurgobegan writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.   One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His book, Private Peaceful was adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and a film, directed by Pat O'Connor. 

Emma Carroll was once told by poet Ted Hughes that her writing was 'dangerous'. It took Emma twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try. Nowadays, she's a bestselling author and the 'Queen of Historical Fiction' (Booktrust). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous national, regional and schools awards - including the Books Are My Bag Readers' Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal, Young Quills, Teach Primary and the Waterstones Book Prize. Emma's home is in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers. She still can't believe her luck that she gets to write dangerous books for a living.

Katherine Woodfine is a true champion of children’s literature. Until 2015 she was Arts Project Manager for Booktrust, where she project-managed the Children's Laureateship and YALC, the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention, curated by Malorie Blackman. She was part of the founding team at Down the Rabbit Hole, a monthly show for Resonance FM discussing children’s literature. Katherine is the author ofThe Sinclair’s Mysteries and Taylor & Rose Secret Agent series, the latest adventure, Nightfall In New York, was published in July 2021 (Farshore Books). 

Please note that the Ticket & Book option for this event requires a UK postal address. Please do not select this option if you do not have a valid UK postal address as you will not receive the book and may still be charged. Books will be posted after the event and so will arrive a few days later.

This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date on the device of your choice.

Waterstones, Online Events
Thursday 7th October 2021
£15/£28 with featured books (including £3 UK postage)
£5 General Admission

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