Thwack! Thwack! How Michael Rosen, the Children’s Laureate, made his audience laugh as he remembered the indignity of being caned. How the bunch of 10-year-olds, dazzled by the sight of Michael Morpurgo, dressed all in red, lapped up the information that he preferred comics to books – unless they were books his parents and teachers didn’t think he should be reading. It didn’t matter that they had lost their tongues and lapsed into silent hero-worship when it came to putting their prepared questions. They howled with laughter as he told them how he accidentally discovered he was good at something – by scoring a striking try in rugby. Les mer: