Devon author Michael Morpurgo is in the running for a major literary award.
The War Horse writer is among 20 competing for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year prize.
His novel Listen to the Moon, which is also about the First World War, is on the children's shortlist.
The result will be announced on 27 January.
Stephen Rebbeck from National Theatre Productions said new shows always enjoy visiting Plymouth:
The Theatre Royal in Plymouth will open its doors on Friday night for the National stage show War Horse.
It will be the first show since the theatre closed six months ago while undergoing a multi-million pound revamp.
It is one of the most important regional theatres outside London - bringing in £26million to the local economy.
A horse from Devon that was the inspiration behind what has become one of the most popular children's books ever, has been back in his home village this week for the first time, in 100 years.
It was not not the real-life one though.
The life size puppet of the horse Joey, from the stage production of War Horse has been out this week ahead of the start of a nationwide tour of the production, which opens at Plymouth's Theatre Royal later in September.
The Poppy Appeal was launched at various ceremonies around the region today. The Royal British Legion is hoping to top last year's record breaking total of £40 million.
Our Defence correspondent John Andrews went to Dartington where the Military Wives Choir and Stephen Spielberg's film of War Horse have helped focus attention on Devon servicemen, past and present.