Michael Rosen was born in Harrow, UK on the 7th of May, 1946.
After a grammar school education, Rosen gained an English degree at Oxford university and worked for a while at the BBC as a graduate trainee. He presented W.A.L.R.U.S (Write And Learn, Read, Understand, Speak) for BBC Schools, in the 1970s, however he found the corporation a restrictive place to work for: “Their view of ‘educational’ was narrow. The machine had decided this was the direction to take. Your own creativity was down the spout.”
Since becoming a freelance writer and poet, Rosen has been a significant contributor to poetry, story, and verse for both children and adults. His work has touched a lot of lives, and inspired millions of children to write their own expressive and hilarious poetry.
Rosen has won multiple awards for his work, and was Children’s Laureate between 2007-2009. When his stint as laureate was over he commented in the Guardian newspaper: “Sometimes when I sit with children when they have the space to talk and write about things, I have the feeling that I am privileged to be the kind of person who is asked to be part of it”.
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