A Morning with Michael Rosen

Sun 20 Feb 2022, 10.45am
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From Adult £12, Child £9
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Illustrations by Tony Ross, depicting a boy in a wheelchair and a man on crutches
Illustrations © 2021 Tony Ross STICKY MCSTICKSTICK by Michael Rosen & illustrated by Tony Ross, reproduced by permission of Walker Book Ltd

The former Children’s Laureate introduces Sticky McStickstick, his moving and inspirational new picture book – a story of perseverance and hope.

Michael Rosen is in conversation with poet, performer and creative facilitator Arji Manuelpillai.

Chronicling Rosen’s recovery from Covid-19, Sticky McStickstick is a testament to the support of family, doctors, nurses, therapists – and his trusty NHS walking stick.

It speaks of the importance of overcoming fear and learning to accept help.

Rosen also discusses and reads a selection of his best-loved poems and stories from his extensive writing career.

Get ready to explore the satisfying sounds, skilful wordplay and humorous rhymes from one of the most renowned figures in children’s literature.

An event full of fun and reflection, sprinkled with Rosen’s unique humour.

For more than 15 years, Arji Manuelpillai has worked with community arts projects nationally and internationally. Recently, he was the Jerwood Arvon Mentee, mentored by Hannah Lowe.

Manuelpillai’s poetry has been published in magazines including The Cannon’s Mouth, Strix, The Rialto and Bath Magg, and shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes, Live Canon, National Poetry and Winchester prizes. He came runner-up in the 2020 Robert Graves Poetry Prize.

Manuelpillai’s debut pamphlet, Mutton Rolls, was published with Out-Spoken Press in 2020, and his new book, Improvised Explosive Device, is set to be released in October 2022 with Penned in the Margins.

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Age recommendation

For ages 5+

This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

To book tickets for these services, email [email protected]. You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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Join Michael Rosen for a book signing after this event, where Sticky McStickstick is available to purchase.

Dates & times

Sun 20 Feb 2022, 10.45am
Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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