Michael Morpurgo has written over 95 books, including Why the Whales Came, which has been made into a major feature film, and My Friend Walter, filmed by Thames Television. Kensuke's Kingdom won the Children's Book Award 2000 and was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000. He recently achieved critical acclaim for his book Out of the Ashes, a moving novel about the foot and mouth crisis which was adapted for television. His latest novel, Private Peaceful was published in Autumn 2003. It recently won the 2004 Red House Children's Book Award, the only award voted for entirely by children.
Michael Morpurgo's statement:
"There never was a better ambassador for storytelling than Hans Christian Andersen. So to be an Ambassador myself for this great celebration is a huge honour for me. As Children's Laureate I want to encourage as many people as I can to read stories, and to write them too. The stories of Hans Christian Andersen are so good that they seem not to have been written at all, but simply to have grown out of all our storytelling traditions. He is truly the Shakespeare of storytelling."
Danish Prime Minister about Andersen
According to Anders Fogh Rasmussen Hans Christian Andersen is a world legend. Watch the HCA Comment.
Three days of Andersen celebration
A gigantic TV show is to be the highlight of a three-day opening celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of the Danish storyteller and poet Hans Christian Andersen.
Symphonic Fairytales Never before have so many new works by Danish composers premiered so widely.
New Biography on Andersen
Major biography casts new light on the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen.
HCA Cinema Watch videos from our press briefings and find out more about HCA2005 in our motion picture features!
Experience personal views on Hans Christian Andersen in motion pictures.
Biography Read the story about the Hans Christian Andersen biography by Jackie Wullschlager.
Hans Christian Andersen loved having his picture taken.
Q & A Which shoe size did Hans Christian Andersen use?
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