Michael Morpurgo, famed as the author of War Horse, sang a song from the musical of his work at a graduation ceremony for students of the University of Chichester.
The world-famous author and his wife Clare were receiving honorary fellowships of the university for their contribution to literature and education.
The award took place at the first of six ceremonies held over two days at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Students at the first ceremony were receiving degrees in education, and Mr Morpurgo stressed that teachers did one of the most vital jobs for society.
Mr Morpurgo, who taught in the Chichester area in the 1960s, congratulated the students on their success and said: “Teachers, to me, are the most important people - well, alongside doctors if you want to get picky!”
Mr and Mrs Morpurgo then each shared an extract from their book “Where My Wellies Take Me”, with the author treating the audience to a song from the musical of his book War Horse, with a rendition of the folk song The Year Turns Round.
The theatrical version of War Horse is a hit in the West End and on Broadway, and has also been made into major movie.
Don’t miss the Chichester Observer next Thursday (October 30) for full coverage of the University of Chichester graduation ceremonies.