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Looking Back

Photpgraph Copyright: Booktrust / photographer Asimina Giagoudaki

On the day when Michael Rosen passed on the laurels to Anthony Browne, The Guardian published this poignant and quietly caustic piece by the outgoing laureate...


I am sitting in a room with Jim Rose. He's asked to see me. He says, "We've got the alphabetical principle in place, now the next one to crack is how do we make books come alive?" He looks at me. "What do you do when you go into schools?" I tell him that I perform my poems and do a kind of linked narrative that is a bit like a stand-up comedy routine. "How often do you do it?" About twice a week. All over the country. Been doing it for about 35 years. "Really?" He seems pleased. I'm thinking, why is it a problem to work out "how to make books come alive". Teachers were doing this 20, 30, 40 years ago. There are shedloads of books on the subject. There are teams of advisers working out of local authorities or places like the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education who are training teachers to do this. There are hundreds of writers visiting schools doing this. He says he'll get back to me. He doesn't.

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