Genre: Talk with live subtitling
The Writeidea Festival 2018 is pleased to announce Michael Rosen as one of the authors' attending the festival. Michael is everyone’s favourite children’s novelist and poet, the author of over 140 books.
He is a TV and radio presenter, blogger and columnist and served as Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009. In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met in the 1930s as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.
Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother grew up dreaming of revolution; Party meetings were held in the front room, until it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave ‘the Party.’ Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the events of 1968.
This is a memorable and worthwhile read from a principled man who celebrates the funny side of life. Michael is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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