Singing for Mrs. Pettigrew
Stories and Essays from a Writing Life
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
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One of today’s greatest storytellers explores the craft of writing in this collection of stories and essays by Michael Morpurgo.
Here is a literary journey that roams from the warmth of Provence in "Meeting Cézanne" to the war-torn town of "I Believe in Unicorns;" from the music-fi lled streets of Venice in "The Mozart Question" to the quiet English marshes of Michael Morpurgo’s hometown in "Singing for Mrs. Pettigrew." Complementing each tale is an original essay revealing the inspiration behind the story or offering a peek into the intricacies of the author’s craft. Readers and writers alike will be intrigued by this unique collection from a teller of tales who has captured hearts around the world.
Michael Morpurgo, the Children’s Laureate of Britain from 2003 to 2005, has written more than one hundred books and received numerous prestigious awards. He and his wife, Clare, founded the organization Farms for City Children. They live in Devon, England.
Peter Bailey has been illustrating books for more than thirty-five years and has worked with such authors as Philip Pullman, Dick King-Smith, and Allan Ahlberg. He lives in Liverpool, England.
More than 150 writers from 40 events will gather in New York City for PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 28 – May 4, 2014.
For its 10th anniversary, the festival celebrates those who have dared to stand ‘on the edge,’ risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances in venues throughout the city. Use the code PEN14 (use PEN2014 for events at The Public Theater) and receive a 20 percent discount on most events. www.worldvoicesfestival.org