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Words Weekend 2019

Michael Morpurgo’s Best Christmas Present in the World

Michael Morpurgo

Part of Words Weekend 2019

Price inclusive of 9% booking fee


Join us as Michael Morpurgo – one of Britain’s most well known and best loved children’s authors – reads from his spellbinding book The Best Christmas Present in the World, accompanied by Virginia McKenna and a capella voices of Voices at the Door, singing Christmas carols from Britain, France and Flanders.

A century after the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match in No-Man’s Land between the British and the Germans, a soldier’s letter is found by chance in an antique desk – “Jim’s Last Letter: to be buried with me when the time comes.” And thus begins the quest to find “Dearest Connie”. An unmissable and thoroughly festive festival highlight!

Supported by our friends at Seven Stories.

More info:

Start time: 11am
Venue: Sage One

As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.

Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.

We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members,  some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces.  Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]