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Michael Rosen

(7 May 1946 / Harrow, London)

Michael Rosen
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a broadcaster, children's novelist and poet and the author of 140 books. He was appointed as the fifth Children's Laureate in June 2007, succeeding Jacqueline Wilson, and held this honour until 2009.

Family and early years

Michael Rosen was born in Harrow, London, the son of Connie Isakofsky and her husband Harold Rosen. The family background is Jewish, "from the Jewish East End tradition" as Rosen puts it. Rosen's father Harold (1919–2008) was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the United States to Communist parents and settled in the East End of London at the age of two, when his mother returned to the country of her birth. While a member of the Young Communist ... more »

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  • Lola (11/26/2012 1:09:00 PM)

    Hello!

    Just wanted to say how brilliant you were when you came to my old school. I am using a few of your poems for a poetry anthology for school. Thanks so Much!

    lola
    ps my old school was Wickham Common :)

  • Gainor Roberts (12/25/2011 10:09:00 AM)

    Hi Michael,
    I am trying to contact you to obtain permission to display one of your poems Chocolate Cake in an art show that is called Visual Poetry in Tampa Florida. I do not find a way to contact you directly, and the website people were no help. I trust that you do not mind, and credits will be given to you and to the website where I found your marvelous poem. Contact me at gainor@tampabay.rr.com and I'll give you more information. Thanks so much!

  • Michael Rosen (5/21/2007 11:05:00 AM)

    Hello folks
    Just to point out that I am not the Michael Rosen of 'Shaynew Press' who is a 'radical sex photographer', nor am I the Michael Rosen of Lincoln College Oxford who is a Marxist philosopher. It might be fun to be both, as well as me, but one life's enough, eh?
    luv
    Michael Rosen (er...English poet, not the US children's poet called Michael J.Rosen...I kid you not!)

  • Linda Mitchell (10/1/2005 3:52:00 AM)

    Despite clicking submit all I cannot access the poem.

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