Morpurgo and Doyle amongst LBF author line-up

Morpurgo and Doyle amongst LBF author line-up

Children’s writer Michael Morpurgo will join Roddy Doyle and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk on London Book Fair’s ‘author of the day’ line-up this year.

The authors will be involved in events, book signings and meetings with international publishers throughout LBF, which takes place from 14th-16th March 2017.

LBF director Jacks Thomas said: “The author of the day slot provides a great opportunity to celebrate some of the most successful contemporary writers within our international community.”

Morpurgo is the author of children’s novels such as War Horse and Private Peaceful and his books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, according to LBF. He was children’s laureate between 2003 and 2005.

Irish writer Doyle is the author of novels, short stories and children’s books, and is perhaps best-known for The Commitments, which was adapted as a stage musical. Tokarczuk, meanwhile, is Poland’s most translated writer and her books have been published in 29 languages, including English and Japanese.

Previous authors of the day include Judith Kerr, Marian Keyes, Jeanette Winterson and Malorie Blackman.