New Patron for MakeBelieve Arts

This year our esteemed patron, Vivian Gussin Paley, will be joined by our new UK patron, Michael Rosen.

MakeBelieve Arts turned 10 in February 2012 and so we decided it was time to look for a UK patron; someone whose work we valued and who we would be able to build a relationship with over the coming years.

Having read Michael Rosen’s blog and his numerous articles on the importance of creativity in the lives of all children, we felt hugely inspired. His writings and the opinions he expresses, link so clearly with our own beliefs and core values. We also love his stories and poems and felt a strong synergy with his ability to engage children with reading, writing and telling stories through make-believe.

Having invited him to become our patron we were delighted that he accepted.

Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter.

As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books.  He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice to BBC listeners and is currently presenting Word of Mouth, the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way we use it.  From 2007 to 2009 Michael was the Children's Laureate.  He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. He was one of the first poets to make visits to schools throughout the UK and has also visited schools throughout the world.

Poetry critic Morag Styles has described him as "one of the most significant figures in contemporary children's poetry." He was, she says, one of the first poets "to draw closely on his own childhood experiences ... and to 'tell it as it was' in the ordinary language children actually use."

His publications include:

You Can’t Catch Me
Don’t Put Mustard in the Custard
as Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt