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Newton, Grace (4 April 2023). "Dr Peter Newbon inquest: Northumbria University lecturer died after falling off bridge over A64 in North Yorkshire". The Yorkshire Post. Archived from the original on 4 April 2023 . Retrieved 5 April 2023. Sometime around the age of twelve and thirteen I began to get a sense that I liked writing, liked trying out different kinds of writing, I tried writing satirical poems about people I knew. Neale, Matthew (16 November 2019). "Exclusive: New letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn signed by Roger Waters, Robert Del Naja and more". NME. Archived from the original on 26 November 2019 . Retrieved 27 November 2019. In 1969, Rosen graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, and became a graduate trainee at the BBC. Among the work that he did while there in the 1970s was presenting a series on BBC Schools television called Walrus (write and learn, read, understand, speak). He was also scriptwriter on the children's reading series Sam on Boffs' Island, but Rosen found working for the corporation frustrating: "Their view of 'educational' was narrow. The machine had decided this was the direction to take. Your own creativity was down the spout." [12]

Michael Rosen, review: A quietly profound Getting Better by Michael Rosen, review: A quietly profound

Rosen's poetry is known for its accessibility and humor, often drawing inspiration from his own experiences and observations of everyday life. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature and the National Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

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In March 2020, as the pandemic rumbled into our lives, the writer and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen contracted Covid-19 and was hospitalised, spending 40 days and nights in a coma. Before he was sedated, a doctor asked if he would sign a piece of paper that would let them put him to sleep. “Will I wake up?” Rosen said. There’s a 50-50 chance, the doctor replied. “If I don’t sign?” he asked. Zero. Jordison, Sam (12 December 2012). "Darkness in literature: Sad Book by Michael Rosen". The Guardian . Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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If anyone understands suffering, it is Rosen. In Getting Better, he documents the hardships he has faced, from Covid to the legacy of the Holocaust on his family (his two great-uncles were murdered in Auschwitz) to the premature deaths of his mother and his son, Eddie. It feels significant that, after decades spent telling mostly fictional stories for children, this is his second memoir in three years; the last one, 2021’s Many Different Kinds of Love, gave an account of Covid through the patient’s eyes, chronicling the days leading up to his hospitalisation, and latterly, his rehabilitation. In another chapter, he recalls a bag of letters written in Polish by two relatives to their teenage son during the Second World War, letters that come to a sudden, horrible end when the ghetto in which they were being written was “liquidated” by the Nazis. Rosen has the letters translated into English; an act of remembrance and a way to regain control of the narrative. “It felt good to do this,” he says. Michael Rosen is awarded the Fred & Anne Jarvis Award at NUT conference". NUT Annual Conference 2010 – Press Release. National Union of Teachers. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012 . Retrieved 18 June 2010. Rosen's mother, Connie (née Isakofsky; 1920–1976), worked as a secretary at the Daily Worker and later as a primary school teacher and training college lecturer. She had attended Central Foundation Girls' School, where she made friends such as Bertha Sokoloff. She met Harold in 1935, when both were aged 15, as they were both members of the Young Communist League. They participated in the Battle of Cable Street together. As a young couple, they settled in Pinner, Middlesex. They left the Communist Party in 1957. Rosen never joined, but his parents' activities influenced his childhood. For example, their acquaintance with the bohemian literary figure Beatrice Hastings made an impression on him as a child. [5] [8]My son Eddie, Joe’s younger brother, died in 1999 [aged 18, of meningitis]. Together, we functioned as a threesome. When we lost him, someone at the heart of the family, everything changed. The dynamic of how we all were shifted. We weren’t three together ever again. Eddie was a loud person who took up a lot of space, physically, emotionally and verbally, and I remember Joe being quite quiet by comparison. Maybe in the many years since I’ve got to know Joe better, in a way. Letters | Vote for hope and a decent future". The Guardian. 3 December 2019. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019 . Retrieved 4 December 2019. Charlie] would hold his nose high in the air and take long deep sniffs of the gorgeous chocolatey smell all around him.Oh, how he loved that smell!And, oh, how he wished he could go inside the factory and see what it was like!' This raises a question in the philosophy of mind relating to consciousness: Do we truly know what is it like to be sad, or is it an experience that we cannot describe? One important philosophical view holds that the feeling component of an emotion like sadness cannot be captured in language. My experience of looking at the sunset is going to be different from yours. Some philosophers think that this experience is not unique, but simply part of a brain state, that can be understood through modern psychology.

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Busby, Mattha (6 June 2020). "Michael Rosen takes first steps as he recovers from Covid-19". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020 . Retrieved 6 June 2020. Under the Cranes (23 November 2012). "Under the Cranes". Underthecranes.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013 . Retrieved 27 November 2012. Knight, Lucy (11 October 2023). "Imprisoned Uyghur academic named 2023 PEN international writer of courage". The Guardian. In November 2019, along with other Jewish public figures, Rosen signed an open letter supporting Corbyn, describing him as "a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world" and endorsing him in the 2019 UK general election. [38] In December 2019, along with 42 other leading cultural figures, he signed an open letter endorsing the Labour Party under Corbyn's leadership in the 2019 general election. The letter stated that "Labour's election manifesto under Corbyn's leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few". [39] [40]Educationalist Morag Styles has described Rosen as "one of the most significant figures in contemporary children's poetry". He was, says Styles, one of the first poets "to draw closely on his own childhood experiences ... and to 'tell it as it was' in the ordinary language children actually use". Alumni Life – Institute of Education, University of London". Ioe.ac.uk. 19 January 2009. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012 . Retrieved 27 November 2012. In the end, Joe finished school at 16. When he left I asked him why he didn’t enjoy it and he replied: “It wasn’t funny.” I said: “Well, it’s not meant to be funny, Joey, the teachers are not comedians.” And he said: “The first bit at home with you was funny, you were doing jokes. Then I went to school and it wasn’t funny.” I feel both proud to have made him happy, but sad that school was a disappointment. That I made some of his life good and at the same time a bit sad. I have loved reading your poems in The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry, Brian Patten (Ed.) for years now, ever since my grown up daughter was a little girl. I love, Chocolate Cake, but, by far the favourite of most of my students is, I'm the Youngest in Our House! Thank you for writing about life in such an engaging way. You have helped to make poetry accessible and enjoyable by countless children. Jardine, Cassandra (21 June 2007), "As teenagers, my boys read football programmes ...", The Daily Telegraph ; and biographical information provided by Michael Rosen on 19 December 2007.

Michael Rosen review – a survivor’s manual Getting Better by Michael Rosen review – a survivor’s manual

Michael Rosen talks about lone parenting, his new baby daughter – and the day his son died". Worcester News. Worcesternews.co.uk. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013 . Retrieved 27 November 2012. In the rest of the book Rosen explains how he copes – or doesn't cope – when he is in that "deep dark" place and feels sad. It's a deeply personal insight; but also universal. We feel sad with and for Rosen, and by extension with and for Quentin Blake, who has given the book such heartrending illustrations. What emerges is a breathtaking bow before the central paradox of the human experience — the awareness that the heart’s enormous capacity for love is matched with an equal capacity for pain, and yet we love anyway and somehow find fragments of that love even amid the ruins of loss. The most poignant chapter in Getting Better concerns Eddie, who died in his sleep from meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 18; the night before he had complained of flu-like symptoms. Rosen describes, in devastating detail, the experience of finding him cold and motionless in bed early one morning and calling 999, where the operator instructed him to put Eddie on his side on the floor. Rosen recalls, in the midst of all this, feeling briefly angry at his son “as if he had done this thing to me. I’m almost ashamed to admit it… I guess it’s part of how we see the death of those we love; we see them withdrawing their love from us and if ever, in our past, people withdrew their love from us as some kind of punishment, then someone dying can feel like that too”.Ideas to change the world. Marxism 2010". Socialist Workers Party. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016 . Retrieved 7 February 2010. Michael Rosen’s Sad Book discusses various philosophical issues in the philosophy of mind. For example, when the main character describes himself as being sad but looks happy in the photograph, it raises the philosophical issue of what the experience of sadness is like. Some people know what sadness is, but do not know how to explain the experience of it. Indeed, it may not be possible to provide an explanation. Franks, Alan (26 October 2002), "Of love and loss", The Times, archived from the original on 15 June 2011 .

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