A Morning with Michael Rosen
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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For ages 5+
Join Michael Rosen for a book signing after this event, where Sticky McStickstick is available to purchase.
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