Michaela Morgan Children's Author and Poet
Michaela launches Walter Tull's Scrapbook at Brent Libraries.Walter Tull's Scrapbook launch in Brent Libraries
Michaela has celebrated the launch of Walter Tull's Scrapbook in a series of popular events at four libraries in the London Borough of Brent as part of the Word Up! festival. Talking to different classes and year groups from invited schools Michaela's successful presentations took children of different ages and cultural backgrounds through Walter's amazing life story, the history of the times and how Walter stands as an example for all of us today. The story was so strong - and Walter's example so outstanding - that members of the public and other passers-by joined in to listen.
 
Michaela opens Brecknock Primary's new library.Brecknock Library Opening
Brecknock Primary School in London opened a new library and invited Michaela to cut the ribbon. Michaela's visit was the result of months of planning by the school, parents and its pupils to create a bright library and reading space.
Michaela also took the chance to read as yet unpublished stories to the children, and talk to the school assembly. Michaela was delighted to be involved with a school devoted to books and with children so enthusiastic about reading.
 
Michaela in Teach Primary magazine
Teach Primary magazine, If I ruled the world.Michaela has taken her views on school libraries into Teach Primary magazine. Writing on behalf of the Society Authors (of which she is a Committee Member) Michaela wrote an article extolling the virtues of effective school libraries and the beneficial effects they have on life-long reading ("If I ruled the world, Teach Primary, Issue 6 2012). 
She used examples from recent school visits to show how forward-looking Heads are re-creating libraries from otherwise unused school space to create a book buzz in schools. And in a telling conclusion she reminded readers that libraries are compulsory in prisons, where she worked for many years. How worrying that libraries are seen as a luxury in many of today's primary schools. CLICK HERE to read the article in full.
 
Michaela at Ashfield Park Primary.Great Week at Ross on Wye
Michaela has just sent a great week as poet in residence at Ashfield Park Primary School, Ross-on-Wye, as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. She worked with children, teachers and parents to help they celebrate their special Olympic and Jubilee year.
 
Kitty Kool across the UK
Kitty Kool shows her underware at the Uppingham Feast.Kitty Kool has been charming children across the UK as Michaela takes her book (and Michaela's magic dressing up box) from festival to festival across the country. After the wonderful launch in Brighton the next stop was the Uppingham Feast in Rutland, where Michaela and other story tellers took over an empty shop to keep children enchanted on what proved to be an exciting day.
 
On the beach at Sea, Sand and Sail.Next stop was the Sea, Salt and Sail festival in Mousehole, Cornwall, where Michaela and other story tellers kept hosts of children entranced on the beach of this wonderful Cornish village. Michaela even borrowed a boat (safely moored on dry land) when some of the children wanted to dress up as pirates. And what a scurvy crew they made.
 
Everyone got prizes for their great costumes - or should that treasure if you are a Pirate?
 
Send a Sausage e-card!
You can now send a Happy Birthday Sausage e-card thanks to the National Book Trust. You can fill in your own message, and email it to anyone. Perfect for birthdays, special occasions or just to say hello. Click here to visit the site.
 
Fun with Kitty Kool
Dressed up like Kitty Kool.Fun at the Kitty Kool's Beauty School launch.Kitty Kool's Beauty School was launched at a fun event for children and parents in the Book Nook in Brighton. The tale of Kitty Kool's problems dressing a silly spider and a cranky crocodile had the packed audience spell bound, but the fun had only just begun.
 
Everyone had the chance to create their own look using Kitty Kool's special dressing up box, and there was a carnival parade around the shop. And best of all, Michaela and her glamorous assistant Alex decided the children had done so well there would be prizes for all.Kitty's dressing up box gets lots of attention.
 
It proved to be a great morning for everyone involved, and Michaela would like to thank everyone who came and especially the adults who entered into the fun - and the wigs. Kitty Kool would have been proud of you all!
 
 
Brave Mouse by Michaela Morgan/Michelle CartlidgeReview for Brave Mouse
Michaela's books reach all over the world. Here is a review from the Walker Books web site in Australia and New Zealand. Click on the link and see what Walker Books Australia thinks.
 
The TISA Times from Azerbaijan.Big in Azerbaijan!
Michaela was sent a lovely email by Luna, a pupil of The International School in Azerbaijan (TISA). Luna likes Michaela's books a lot, and liked Michaela's reply to her email even more. She liked it so much she put the whole story in the next edition of her school newspaper, The TISA Times. Michaela was thrilled to get quite so much attention from somewhere so far away. You can download a pdf of TISA Times by clicking here.
 
Breakthrough at LAMDA
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Lambda) is planning to use three of Michaela's children's poems in a forthcoming poetry anthology. The three are: "Question Time", "The Things Mums Say" and "Big Fat Budgie". Michaela said: "This is brilliant news. They've all been published before, but this is the first time by LAMDA. I like to imagine students practicing their performances of my poems!" 
 
Michaela at Uppingham C of E
Michaela at Uppingham C of EMichalea met a crew of scurvy pirates at Uppingham C of E Primary School. To save herself from walking the plank she helpted them speak pirate instead, with lots of Ahoys!, Avasts! and Aaaaarghs! Michaela's special thanks go to Rachel de Wet and her Foxes class, and Head Iain Peden, for a brilliant day.
 
A Danesholme Infants showing they all know the 10 most important things about writing.Big hand at Danesholme Corby
Michalea enjoyed a great day at Danesholme Infants in Corby. Our thanks to Mrs Durham and all her staff, and all the enthusiastic parents and children. They were so eager Michaela almost ran out of books at her signing. This is certainly a first!
 
World Book Day in Rotherham
Michaela was the star of the National Literacy Trust's vintage Story Bus in Rotherham on World Book Day. Parties of Children from schools all over the area visited the bus throughout the day to listen to Michaela thrilling story and poems. The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham joined the fun, and you can see some of the local press coverage by clicking here.
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