Michael Rosen

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Unexpected Twist review – Oliver gets a phone in beatboxing version of Dickens’s classic
Michael Rosen’s update of Oliver Twist gets the musical treatment in this high-energy show about a schoolgirl ensnared by a street gang

Arifa Akbar

19, Feb, 2023 @1:21 PM

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Getting Better by Michael Rosen review – a survivor’s manual
The children’s author uses his experience of Covid as a hook to examine loss, mourning, and what comes next

Fiona Lensvelt

02, Feb, 2023 @12:00 PM

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‘I have sad thoughts every day. I try not to be overcome by them’: Michael Rosen on coping with the death of his son
He is much loved for his daffy humour, but poet Michael Rosen’s new memoir, Getting Better, is an arrestingly honest account of devastating loss. He talks to Alex Moshakis about feeling sad, and why he’s no longer ‘carrying an elephant’

Alex Moshakis

29, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Steer clear of ‘mediocre writing’ by celebrities for Christmas, authors plead
Books by TV personalities and other high-profile figures will top bestseller lists, but critics say professionals lose out

David Barnett

11, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Michael Rosen writes poem in tribute to NHS nurses after Covid recovery
Children’s author who spent 48 days in hospital with virus calls NHS ‘a brilliant and wonderful invention’

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

01, Dec, 2022 @4:03 PM

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We have no great expectations of Liz Truss | Letters
Letters: Sheila Cross agrees with Michael Rosen that social conditions now appear Dickensian, while Peter Riddle warns of real turbulence and Dr Neil Denby wonders why the wealthy always need carrots


11, Oct, 2022 @4:48 PM

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Michael Rosen and his son Joe look back: ‘I am gooning about, but this photo is tinged with sadness’
The poet and children’s author and his film-maker son on homework, holidays and health scares

Harriet Gibsone

17, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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The answer to the ‘egg prick’ question | Brief letters
Brief letters: Egg prickers | Anger management | Dario Fo play | Missing Keir Starmer

12, Aug, 2022 @4:48 PM

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Michael Rosen marks Anne Frank anniversary with new poem
Sonnet for Anne Frank reflects on the ‘awful paradox between the living spirit of the diary and then the knowledge that you have’

Sarah Shaffi

25, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘By 10, I knew all about the impact of a nuclear blast’: growing up in the shadow of the bomb
From CND marches, to books, films and music, fear of the bomb was everywhere in the 1980s. Now, for many, the war in Ukraine has brought back that sense of dread

Zoe Williams

16, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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How Shirley Hughes explored the dramas of children’s lives in a changing world
The author and illustrator behind the Alfie and Dogger series thrilled parents and grandparents as well as the young, writes former children’s laureate Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

05, Mar, 2022 @5:00 PM

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TV and radio stars rally behind BBC over plans to scrap licence fee
Critics include Armando Iannucci, who says public support for the broadcaster has been underestimated

Tom Wall

16, Jan, 2022 @8:46 PM

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