Upcoming Events


June 8
Apologies to those who were hoping that I would be doing a LIVE WEB CHAT on this day, but it has now been moved to July 17

June 13
The Social History Society’s conference at Keele University, where I’ll talk about So They Call You Pisher! as an example of having a childhood in which I sensed that I was a part of a minority and one that ‘dissented’ from the mainstream. I will also talk about Emma-Louise Williams’ and my blog where people post their reminiscences of being at Secondary Modern School

June 14
I’ll be the quizmaster in a pub-quiz style event for the St John’s Hospice in Hackney. It’ll take place at Stoke Newington School. I hope I’ll win…oh hang on, something wrong there…

June 20
Talk for teachers at the English and Media Centre in Islington on how questioning of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils can be too narrow, even to the point of missing the purpose and true meaning of a book or passage.

June 21
Event in Wolverhampton where I will be helping teachers be enthusiastic about reading and writing!

June 28
Event in Leyton

June 29
Talk at Goldsmiths to Ph.D. students on ways in which when we research it involves two kinds of ‘direction’ – inwards to questions of why and how we are involved and outwards to the subject of the research.

June 30
Matchwomen’s Festival commemorating the strike of the workers who worked at the Bryant and May Factory in London’s East EndI’ll talk about my parents as they appear in So They Call You Pisher! (Verso Books)

July 3
Children’s Youth and Media Conference in Sheffield – keynote speech.

July 5
Islington headteachers’ event

July 11
Enfield event

July 12
Lyric Theatre London for a Q and A about We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which will be showing there.

July 13
Writing for pleasure conference at Canterbury University.

July 17
PLEASE NOTE: THIS WILL BE THE LIVE WEBCHAT AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I’m dead keen on answering your questions, doing request performances and doing shout-outs to your class or offspring! Please get in touch at

September 3
INSET for Sutton teachers

September 13
Poetry Workshop 1 for Wandsworth teachers

September 17
Children’s Bookshow

September 20
Colloquium on the education of writers at Oriel College, Oxford.

September 21
Budleigh Salterton Festival, Devon

September 25
Windsor Festival: – one session for children, one for adults – talking about So They Call You Pisher! (Verso)

September 27
Event in Anerley

October 5
The late James Berry, poet and fiction writer:  conference.

October 10
Event Croydon

October 11
Wiener Library, Russell Square, London – for a talk about my memoir So They Call You Pisher! (Verso) with special reference to using the library to help me uncover the fate of my father’s uncles in the Holocaust. I tell this story in the memoir.

October 13
Reading and Rebellion conference
Goldsmiths, University of London
Teachers, librarians etc welcome

October 15
British Library to talk about Reading and Rebellion (Oxford University Press) a book about left-wing and ‘alternative’ children’s books 1900-1960, with Professor Kimberley Reynolds and Jane Rosen.

October 18
Sandwell event

November 1
Conway Hall, London: ‘1968 and after: Culture and Education’ talks and Q and A with me, Tariq Ali, Melissa Benn, Ken Loach and Lynne Segal, with Newham Bookshop. All welcome.

November 7
Event Chelmsford

November 12
Children’s Bookshow Event

November 15
Event Ashford

November 16
Idea Store, Whitechapel, to talk about So They Call You Pisher! (Verso) – very near to where my parents lived, as described in the book!

November 23
Medway teachers INSET

November 29
Event Ealing

December 6
Dagenham head teachers

December 12
St Paul’s CofE school in Whitechapel

December 20
Albert Hall
Two events
All welcome


Michael Rosen Events

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