HarperCollins secures Morpurgo deal

<p>Michael Morpurgo has agreed his first multi-book deal and signed digital and audio rights for more than 50 of his backlist titles to HarperCollins Children&rsquo;s Books.</p><p>The deal was agreed by HC children&rsquo;s publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh and Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates. The six-book deal includes world rights and the first book, which is already being written, will be published in spring 2010. The new books will include fiction and colour-illustrated titles, although no further details were available at the time of going to press.</p><p>HC is also planning a major relaunch of Morpurgo&rsquo;s website this autumn to make it more interactive. It will feature digital and downloadable resources, author videos, audio samples and materials for schools.</p><p>Morpurgo was children&rsquo;s laureate in 2003, and was recently awarded an OBE for services to literature. He has published 120 books and sold 2.5 million copies in the UK alone. </p>