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Date: Thursday 2 November 2017
Time: 7-8pm (book signing from 8-8.15pm)
Price: Free with museum entry
"If you didn’t know whether to risk doing something, what’s the worst that could happen? ‘So they call you pisher!’”
Michael Rosen in conversation with Lynne Segal about his humorous and moving memoir So They Call You Pisher! a look at the first 23 years of his life.
Born in the North London suburbs, Michael's parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.
Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution; Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave “the Party.”
Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the 1968 movements.
Michael Rosen is the author of over 140 books of poetry, stories and politics. He was the Children’s Laureate between 2007–9 and is currently the professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths University. He has won numerous international awards for his work in literature. He presents Word of Mouth on BBC Radio 4.
Lynne Segal is anniversary professor of psychology and gender studies at Birkbeck College, London. She is the author of Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing (Verso Books)
Shop: 6-7pm and 8-8:30pm