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Our 10th story from the Al Hakawati series comes from the magnificent Michael Morpurgo, who reads his short story, ‘The Kites are Flying’ published by Walker Books in full. It is the most touching and heart-breaking tale with a message of hope. ‘The Kites are Flying’ follows British journalist, Max’s trip to the West Bank where he strikes up a friendship with enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said, who doesn’t speak. The story is told from the perspectives of both characters, and while incredibly moving, there are brilliant notes of humour as each appraises the other. There is something extremely special about listening to an author read their own work, and this is no exception. We are so grateful to Michael for agreeing to be one of our Storytellers and reading such a poignant piece so beautifully. Please listen, enjoy and share.
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