Michael Morpurgo (Author) Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943 and attended schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury. He studied English and French at London University, and became a primary school teacher in Kent. He has written over 120 novels for children, amongst which several have been adapted for stage, film and television, including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Why the Whales Came, Friend or Foe, My Friend Walter and Out of the Ashes. His books have variously been awarded the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, Nestle Smarties Book Prize, Red House Children’s Book Award and Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He was the British Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005. Monty Don (Author) Monty Don has been gardening on TV for over 25 years for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC, and since 2003 has been the lead presenter on BBC TV's Gardeners' World, which from 2011 has been filmed in his own garden in Herefordshire, Longmeadow. He is an experienced organic gardener and was President of the Soil Association from 2008 to 2017. He has written a weekly gardening column for the Daily Mail since 2004, and published 19 books, including Down to Earth, the top-selling gardening book in the UK from 2017 to 2019.
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