Famous Author To Christen New Porthcressa Library

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

One of Britain’s most famous authors will be reading from his best-selling books tomorrow at an event to celebrate the opening of the new Porthcressa library.

Former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, is a friend of Bryher councillor Marian Bennett, who invited him to christen the new facility.

Michael and his wife Clare regularly holiday on Bryher.

Marian says the event will be of enormous significance to him as he’s a renowned advocate of reading for children and local libraries.

His books include Why the Whales Came, which is set on Bryher and was turned into a film starring Helen Mirren and David Suchet.

But he’s now known worldwide as the author of ‘War Horse,’ which was developed into a film by Hollywood producer, Steven Spielberg.

Mr Morpurgo’s audience is expected be around twenty Year Six children from St Mary’s and the off islands. The hour-long reading session has been planned to allow time for the children to also engage in a question and answer session with him about his work.

And they’ll be able to catch up with the author’s latest offering, A Medal for Leroy, about a boy whose father is killed in action during World War Two.

Community Services chairman Richard McCarthy says it’s good of Michael Morpurgo to agree to launch the library’s story time session.

And he feels he’ll appreciate the fact that the islands have managed to open an exciting new facility like this when so many other libraries on the mainland have been shutting their doors for good.

Regular story time sessions begin on Friday at 9.30am, when under fives are being invited to join the Children’s Services team for storytelling and other activities.

The aim is to run these special sessions monthly through July and into September and October.

Librarian Kirsty Graham says they are also hoping that Michael Morpurgo’s appearance will be the first of many from other writers with links to Scilly, who can come and share their work at the library with readers of all ages.