Professor Michael Rosen

Poet and children’s author, Michael’s research areas include processes of naming and the poetics of everyday speech.

Staff details

Professor Michael Rosen


Professor of Children's Literature


Educational Studies






Michael Rosen is Professor of Children's Literature.

Since the late 1960s, Michael Rosen has been writing books, articles, plays and various kinds of scripts; performing poetry for audiences of all ages; and broadcasting on literature related subjects on radio and TV. From 2007-2009 he was Children's Laureate. Michael’s academic pathway took him to read English at undergraduate level at Wadham College, Oxford, and later to study for an MA at Reading University. Following his Ph.D, completed in 1997, he has taught Children's Literature on MA courses at various universities.

Click here to catch Michael's thoughts, ideas, and articles on his blog.

Read Michael's keynote speech (PDF) from the 2016 Writers and Teachers Conference at Goldsmiths.

Publications and research outputs


Rosen, Michael. 2017. Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 978-0-9957675-2-2

Rosen, Michael. 2017. So They Call You Pisher! A memoir. London: Verso. ISBN 9781786633965

Rosen, Michael. 2017. Bah! Humbug! A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Tony Ross. London: Scholastic. ISBN 9781407185170

Book Section

Rosen, Michael. 2014. Poetry for Children. In: Catherine Butler and Kimberley Reynolds, eds. Modern Children's Literature: An Introduction (Second Edition). London: Red Globe Press, pp. 70-86. ISBN 9781137357458


Williams, Emma-Louise and Rosen, Michael. 2017. My Secondary Modern: stories from the invisible generation. FORUM, 59(3), pp. 331-334. ISSN 0963-8253

Paechter, Carrie F.; Rosen, Michael and Bibby, Tamara. 2016. Introduction: Walter Benjamin, childhood and pedagogy. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 24(4), pp. 481-483. ISSN 1468-1366


Rosen, Michael. 2018. BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, Language and Gender Identity.

Rosen, Michael. 2017. BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, Autism and Communication.

Research Interests

Apart from continuing to publish fiction and poetry, Michael's next projects include:

  • a study of Emile Zola in London
  • the process and practice of naming
  • the prosody and poetics of everyday speech; the alternative, popular and radical branches of poetry
  • the social origins of idiolects