We are delighted to share the news that acclaimed author and Founding Fellow, Michael Morpurgo, has received a knighthood for his services to literature and charity in this year’s New Year Honours list.
Morpurgo has an unparalleled reputation as a children’s storyteller. He was Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children’s Book Award. In 2012 he was appointed a Foundling Fellow. Established in 2008 the biennial Foundling Fellowship scheme enables three leading creative figures to devise a project that animates the relationship between philanthropy, creativity and children’s welfare, inspired by the principles of the great founding figures of the original Foundling Hospital – philanthropist Thomas Coram, composer George Frideric Handel and artist William Hogarth.
In 2017 Morpurgo published a new book inspired by the history of the Foundling Hospital. Lucky Button tells the moving story of a lonely boy struggling to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. From 18 January until 6 May, visitors to the Museum will be able to view a series of original illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman, produced for Lucky Button. Presented amongst the Museum’s historic Collection, the display celebrates the power of illustration to make creative links across the centuries, and offers the chance for illustration fans to come face-to-face with original artwork from one of today’s foremost practitioners.
We would like to say huge congratulations to Michael Morpurgo and look forward to his creations to come.
Read more about this year’s New Year Honours list here.