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Michael Morpurgo gets special Edinburgh introduction

25th August 2009

Michael Morpurgo received a special introduction at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival held this weekend.

The author and former children's laureate was introduced to the 570-strong audience by eight-year-old fan Sarah Coyle.

Ms Coyle won a competition to introduce the author on stage before taking up a prime spot in the first row for his talk.

She was also the first in the queue to get a book signed by the writer.

Speaking following the event, Ms Coyle had nothing but compliments for Mr Morpurgo.

She said: 'Not only do I think his books are brilliant but he also helps me get higher marks at school.

'I am never going to stop reading his books because I think they are Super Trooper.'

This year's book festival welcomed 18,000 visitors for its first day, taking advantage of book readings, discussions, debates and bookshop offers.

Authors at this year's event included Sue Lawrence, Carol Ann Duffy and former Sudan child soldier Emmanuel Jal.

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