Michelle trained for the theatre at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in the late sixties and at Marcel Marceau’s L’École Internationale de Mime in Paris. She has a postgraduate Certificate in Film Studies (BFI/London University), an Honorary Doctorate (Portsmouth University) and has been made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
Her first novel Goodnight Mister Tom has won awards in the UK, America and Australia and has been translated into over eleven languages, the most recent being Turkish and Chinese and has been adapted as a radio series in Sweden and Norway. A shortened version has been read as an audio book by Patrick Malahide and in full for the RNIB by Christopher Saul.
As Mikki Magorian she has performed in plays, musicals and one-woman shows, has written the book and lyrics for the musical version of Goodnight Mister Tom (Composer Gary Carpenter), Sea Change (Composer Stephen Keeling), Tinsel (Composer Bob Buckley) and Hello Life! (Composer Alexander L’Estrange). A few years after Goodnight Mister Tom was performed in Manchester and Ipswich, it was screened on television starring the late John Thaw, winning seven television awards including a BAFTA.
A play version of it opened at Chichester Festival Theatre with Oliver Ford Davies as Mister Tom before going on a regional tour. The cast received wonderful reviews and standing ovations in the fourteen theatres where they appeared. Behind the scenes, the four-part dramatisation of Back Home was broadcast again on Radio 4 Extra while Mikki was commuting to the Audio GO studio in Bath where she was being recorded reading, another of her books A Little Love Song. The play toured again with David Troughton playing Mister Tom. Her other novels are Cuckoo in the Nest, A Spoonful of Jam, (Third in the Irish Best Seller list) Just Henry (a Costa Award winner) and Impossible! (nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Medal).
Just Henry was made into a ninety-minute drama by ITV Productions with a talented cast including Josh Bolt, Sheila Hancock, Dean Andrews, and Barbara Flynn. It was chosen as one of Radio Times’ 12 Christmas Cracker treats.
An adaptation of Back Home was made for television twice. The first one, starring Hayley Mills won the Gold Award at the New York Film and Television Festival in 1990.
Michelle has just finished two new books, one for young people and one for adults.