Michael Rosen

Is Data Collection The Death of Reading?
The Susan Ward Memorial Talk

Date: Friday 21st September 2018
Venue: St Peter’s Church | 4.30pm
Tickets: £14

To celebrate the foundation of the Festival ten years ago, the acclaimed writer, performer, broadcaster and academic defends literature, asking whether the hunger for data by successive governments, which has made us shovel information into children to be regurgitated in exams, has stopped children from really engaging in reading stories, poems and plays. He’ll also ask how we can rekindle their imagination and passion for books on their own terms.

Michael Rosen has published over 200 titles for children including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Sad Book with Quentin Blake. Recent books for adults include The Disappearance of Emile Zola and a memoir, So They Call You Pisher!. He is the presenter of Radio 4’s Word of Mouth and is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2007-2009 he was Children’s Laureate and he is a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Sponsored by Michael and Valerie Jackaman

Michael Rosen Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Michael Rosen