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Last Updated: Monday October 03 2005 12:47 GMT

Authors on the spot: Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has written many books, plays and poems for children.

He was also Children's Laureate, and tried to get more kids reading.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Elephant's Child, then Treasure Island and now as a grown-up child, The Man Who Planted Trees.

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I'm still not sure I want to be a writer. I think of myself as a storyteller more.

Any tips for kids who want to get started as an aspiring author?
  • Don't be in a hurry.
  • Live an interesting life, go places, meet people, look, listen, read.
  • Scribble just three lines a day so that written language becomes as natural as spoken language.
  • Take time to dream a story in your head before beginning.
  • Read it out loud to yourself, listen to the singing of the words.

What makes books so special?
Only the best books are special. Why? Because they open our eyes, touch us, excite us, extend us.

How do you get your inspiration for your writing?
From all around me, everywhere I go. I look, I listen, I feel. I fill up the well of stories in my head - without ever knowing I'm doing it.

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