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Michael Rosen: The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

5 December 2016 - 1:50pm -- miranda
Festival EventsTuesday, February 28

Michael Rosen: The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Kings Place, Hall 1

£10.50
2017-02-28 20:30:00

20:30

Michael Rosen
Chair: Nicolette Jones

This event took place on Tuesday 28 February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter “J’accuse” – and losing. In this little-known story of Zola’s forced flight into exile, writer and broadcaster Michael Rosen traces Zola’s footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year, thereby offering an intriguing insight into the mind, loves, politics and works of the great French writer. 

Michael Rosen is a poet, broadcaster, former Children’s Laureate and a recipient of one of France’s top honours: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has sold over 8,000,000 copies. He has presented Radio 4’s Word of Mouth since 1996 and his programme, Zola in Norwood, was broadcast on Radio 3. He is Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Nicolette Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster, specialising in literary and arts journalism. She has been children's books editor of The Sunday Times for more than two decades.