Our story Our people Our Ambassadors Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent. One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His book, Private Peaceful was adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and a film, directed by Pat O'Connor. He has won numerous awards including those voted for by children themselves, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Children’s Book Award. Michael joined Coram Beanstalk as an Ambassador following our merger with Reading Matters in November 2017 where he was a Patron for many years. "These two wonderful charities Reading Matters and Beanstalk have come to together to reach more children and young people who need vital support with their reading. Together they can continue the important work they do in schools with their legions of volunteers to help create readers and change the lives of children through books and reading. I am delighted to continue lending my support to Coram Beanstalk."