On the Move
Chair: Nicolette Jones
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What you leave behind/Won’t leave your mind/But home is where you find it/Home is where you find it.
In his new, deeply personal poetry collection for children, On the Move, much-loved author Michael Rosen talks to Nicolette Jones about migration and displacement. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, the book is divided into four sections: Michael’s childhood as part of a first-generation Polish family in London; his perception of war as a young boy; his “missing” relatives and the Holocaust; and finally, global experiences of migration. He returns to King’s Place for Jewish Book Week after a sell-out appearance last year.
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. He has presented BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth since 1996.
Nicolette Jones is an award-winning author, critic and broadcaster, specialising in literary and arts journalism. She has been the children’s book reviewer of The Sunday Times for more than two decades, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of children’s books. She has been a Director of the children’s young adult programme at the Oxford Literary Festival and a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at UCL.