3 May, 2023




Pay-What-You-Decide (Minimum £8)


Weston Museum,
Burlington Street,
BS23 1PR


FULLY BOOKED – In conversation with Michael Rosen

This event is currently SOLD OUT.


Hosted by Dr Lesel Dawson, Associate Professor at the University of Bristol and Arts and Culture Lead of the Good Grief Festival 

Michael Rosen is one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults.   He has published in the region of 200 books for children and adults, including The Sad Book, a meditation on bereavement written after the loss of his son Eddie and illustrated by Quentin Blake (Walker Books).  His most recent book Getting Better: Life Lessons on Going Under, Getting Over It, and Getting Through It was published in February 2023 to huge critical acclaim:

“We feel his doubts, his uncertainty and his curiosity. ‘I’m right at the very edge of what I understand’, he says, but in writing, in sharing, in striving for meaning, he offers readers a lifeline, and shows them they are not going through it alone.”  Fiona Lensvelt, The Guardian on Getting Better

“If I could prescribe Getting Better to the entire nation, I would… It’s a book that inspires hope, courage and belief in humanity. Basically, it reminds you how to live. I loved every single word”  Dr Rachel Clarke

Michael’s first degree was from Wadham College, Oxford and he went on to study for an MA and a PhD.  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.   His YouTube Channel ‘Kids’ Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen’ has had over 55 million views.

A popular broadcaster, he has presented BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed programme about language, Word of Mouth, since 1998. He also regularly presents documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3, including the Sony-Gold-Award-winning On Saying Goodbye.   

Michael has received several honorary awards, including degrees from the Open University, the University of Exeter, the University of London Institute of Education and the University of East London/Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.   He received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding contribution to children’s literature and was Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009.  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 2022, Michael was invited to be a Fellow of The Royal College of Nursing.

Michael Rosen’s work is featured in Weston Museum’s current exhibition: Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse – you are welcome to take a look at this from 5.30pm before In Conversation with Michael Rosen commences.  

More on our pay-what-you-decide ticketing here.


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Disabled parking nearby
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Accessible toilet

For accessibility queries, please contact Lisa Clemons on or phone the venue on 01934 621028