CREDITON bookshop, The Bookery, will present an exclusive afternoon of celebration of the beauty and wonder of trees with the legendary author Michael Morpurgo, valued patron of The Bookery.

He will be talking about his new book “My Heart Was A Tree” at Crediton Congregational Church on Saturday, June 17 at 3pm. 

Inspired by the poetry of Ted Hughes and the glorious woodlands around his own home, Michael Morpurgo’s new book, beautifully illustrated by Yuval Zommer, is an enchanting collection of stories and poetry about trees throughout time, an ode to Earth’s amazing forests with their extraordinary life force. 

Michael Morpurgo will also be officiating at the Grand Opening of the new Bookery extension earlier in the day at 2pm, at the bookshop. Everyone is invited. 

Admission to An Afternoon with Michael Morpurgo will cost £3 (redeemable against a copy of the book.)

Signed dedicated copies can be pre-ordered in advance from The Bookery website to collect from the bookshop or at the event. 

Michael commented: “The poems and stories in this book have been written because, every day that I can, I go for a walk in the bluebell woods behind our house.

“I know every one of the trees I pass. They hear me coming, they listen to me. I listen to them, to the whisper of them, the roaring of them, the creaking of them.

“There is one poem above all others for me that tells more powerfully of trees than any other I know, ‘My Own True Family’ by Ted Hughes.

“The great poet who wrote it walked through my bluebell woods, touched the same trees, listened to them, wrote for them. It is his spirit and his great tree poem that held my hand as I began to write this book.”

To book, call into the shop at 21 High Street, Crediton, EX17 3AH, telephone 01363 774740 or book online at: .