Unique reading by best-selling author

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RENOWNED author Michael Morpurgo OBE is to perform a unique reading of his bestselling book War Horse in Buxton later this year.

Audiences at Buxton Opera House on November 4, at 6pm, can expect to see the performer behind the author, with Morpurgo creatively displaying what he does best – spinning the web of a yarn.

Morpurgo was the third Children’s Laureate and is one of the UK’s foremost storytellers.

He has written over 300 works including Kensuke’s Kingdom, Private Peaceful and Why The Whales Came, and is renowned worldwide for his imaginative, educational and moving stories, with his tales being translated into 25 different languages.

To mark his special reading of War Horse, he will be joined on stage by two of the most celebrated singers and writers in the genre, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners John Tams and Barry Coope, providing the soundtrack for the narrative while adding an atmospheric, sensory delight.

Morpurgo’s powerful story War Horse - which has spawned an epic film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg - is set in the Great War.

The government of the day needed transport for the British Army and its equipment, so a bill was brought in to acquisition horses from the country’s farms.

Imagine losing your horse, the life-blood of the farm, who ploughed the land and brought in the harvest.

The story, through the eyes of a horse, moves from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to survival on the Western Front in the First World War.

Tickets for A Reading By The Author – Michael Morpurgo are priced £17 for adults and £8.50 for children.

Contact the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or purchase them online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.