Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo at Markyate school’s speech day

AUTHOR Michael Morpurgo regaled pupils, staff and parents with reminiscences of his time at prep school when he was guest of honour at a speech day.

The teacher-turned-prizewinning-author told stories of his own schooldays and gave tips on how to become a good storyteller at Beechwood Park School in Markyate.

The St Albans-born former Children’s Laureate – who was known by the nickname Pongo during his schooldays – later presented prizes and took the opportunity to talk to the award-winners.

Head Patrick Atkinson commented: “Michael Morpurgo’s visit to Beechwood Park will linger long in the memories of all those privileged to have witnessed it. He was very entertaining indeed.”