Monday, December 12, 2011

A full afternoon with Michael Rosen

I was waiting for a relaxed Sunday afternoon to have a look (and enjoy a lot!) at the web page of Michael Rosen.


 
As I already mentioned in one of my posts about the story "We're going on a bear hunt", Rosen is one of the best "teacher trainers" in “literacy” and story telling. And I very much like his proposals, ideas, stories, and poems.

“Michael Rosen writes 'stuff'. He doesn't mind whether it’s called poetry or not, but he likes writing that sort of thing and children like reading it.

Michael's parents were both teachers, and so were many of their friends. In fact, when Michael was young he claims that he believed that everyone was a teacher and, if they weren't, they ought to be!

Despite this, Michael never became a teacher himself. Originally, he wanted to be an actor but then he started training as a doctor. He then changed to studying English at University and finally became a writer. His first collection of poems, Mind Your Own Business, was published in 1974. It is a collection of poems about when Michael was boy: his relationships with his brother and his parents, and his perceptions of the world around him.

Since then, Michael has written many anthologies of poems and edited collections of classic poems. He has also written some picture books. Michael writes anywhere, scribbling down his 'stuff' on buses, trains, beaches, as well as in his own back garden.

As a child, Michael's favourite books included Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Erich Kastner's Emil and the Detectives” (channel4learning.com BookBox)

It is worth to have a look at his site. It is full of audio and video material of his stories and poems, links to projects, pieces of news and other various “bits and bobs that catch his eye”.

Three things I would like to highlight:

 1. The videos from the Scottish Book Trust Tour 2008


2. The hypnotiser: is this the world's first video poetry book?

3. And do not miss the article “Some thoughts” that you will find in “For adults” page... Simply great!

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