The award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo worked as a teacher for ten years before leaving to set up ‘Farms for City Children’ with his wife Clare. (They were both awarded the MBE for services to youth in 1999.) Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, such as Kensuke’s Kingdom, which won the Children’s Book Award (2000) and Private Peaceful. Five of his books have been made into films and My Friend Walter (1988) and Out of the Ashes (2001) were both adapted for television. In 2003 Michael Morpurgo became the third Children’s Laureate, a scheme he helped to establish with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. War Horse is now the biggest-selling production ever at the New London Theatre, has also been produced on Broadway and made into a film by Steven Spielberg.