Former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo, was delighted to meet the youngster after whom he named the main character in one of his latest books.
Michael was pleased to catch up with Patrick Greaves, son of Bank of America’s Communication Executive, John Greaves, before entertaining a sell-out audience of more than 350 people at the University of Chester’s Autumn Festival.
Michael first met Patrick when the author was guest of honour at the University of Chester for the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature Awards Evening, which is sponsored by Bank of America.
He told the 12-year-old that he had never called one of his characters ‘Patrick’, and would do so in his next novel. Three years later, Michael was delighted to personally sign Patrick’s copy of the book, entitled Born to Run.
Michael Morpurgo has written more than 100 novels, and has won numerous prizes in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world. He was the Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and the Booksellers’ Association Author of the Year in 2005. He was awarded the MBE in 1999 and the OBE in 2006.