Care in the Time of Covid: Michael Rosen in Conversation – 25 June 2021


Online, Friday 25 June 2021, 7-8.30pm (BST)

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Poet, broadcaster, children’s author and columnist, Michael Rosen is a prodigious talent. His new work Many Different Kinds of Love: A Story of Life, Death and the NHS explores his experiences contracting coronavirus and spending seven weeks in intensive care at Whittington Hospital, six of them on a ventilator. Combining stunning new prose poems and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, doctors and wife Emma-Louise Williams, this remarkable book celebrates the power of community, the importance of kind gestures in dark times, and the indomitable spirits of the people who care for us and keep us well.

In this talk, featuring a reading from the author, Michael was joined by Sandeep Mahal to discuss care in times of crisis.

This event was part of the 2021 Critical Poetics Summer School, organised by the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and Curated & Created at NTU, with broadcast technical support by Metronome.

To find out more about the Critical Poetics Summer School click here.


Photo credit: M Kavanagh

Michael Rosen is one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults. He is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London where he co-devised and teaches an MA in Children’s Literature. Michael is also a popular broadcaster and has presented BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed programme about language, ‘Word of Mouth’ since 1998, as well as regularly presenting documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3, including the Sony Gold Award-winning ‘On Saying Goodbye’. Michael has published in the region of 200 books for children and adults and appears regularly at literary festivals all over the UK and Ireland. For outstanding contribution to children’s literature he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award and was Children’s Laureate 2007-2009, and in recognition of his contribution to the profile of French culture in the UK, he was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2010, Michael was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education (HonDEd) by Nottingham Trent University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature and learning, and his inspiration to teachers, parents and children.