Michael Rosen, children’s writer, poet, broadcaster and
Michael Rosen is a children’s novelist and poet and a broadcaster and performer. He served as Children’s Laureate from 2007-09. He is the author of over 140 books, mostly humourous and mostly for children. ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ has sold over 8 million copies!
He is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London and holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Exeter, East London, the West of England, Nottingham Trent and the University of London’s Institute of Education. In 2008 the French government presented him with the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Michael campaigns widely and vigourously on issues of education and literacy and regularly takes the government to task on matters relating to schools and teaching in his ‘Letter from a Curious Parent’ in the education pages of the Guardian. He is the presenter of Radio 4’s ‘Word of Mouth’, which looks at the English language and the way it is used.
The disappearance of Emile Zola is a departure from Michael’s usual territory. It tells the incredible story of Zola’s escape from France and his nineteen years of exile in England (in Norwood) in the aftermath of the scandalous Dreyfus Affair.