Michael Rosen’s first adult poetry collection in eight years, Don't Mention the Children, will be published this week by Smokestack Books.
The collection by Rosen comes eight years after Selected Poems (Penguin) which was published in 2007.
Don't Mention the Children contains a “remarkable” series of poems about anti-semitism, fascism and war which the publisher said "connects to the contemporary world - UKIP, Marine le Pen and Palestine... to the lives of Rosen’s parents and grandparents who experienced the General Strike, the Battle of Cable Street, Vichy and Auschwitz."
The title poem refers to the refusal of the Israeli broadcasting authorities to mention the names of children killed during the Israeli shelling of Gaza in 2014.
According to a spokesperson for Inpress: “Fans of Rosen's children’s books will enjoy the way these poems combine the silly and the sinister to catch the surrealism of everyday life, somewhere between Jacques Prévert, Ivor Cutler and Adrian Mitchell. Few poets writing today can move so effortlessly between childishness and childlike seriousness.”
Rosen has been awarded many prizes over his career including the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to children’s literature. He is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths University of London.
It will be published by Smokestack who is represented by Inpress, a sales and marketing agency for independent publishers.
The paperback of Don’t Mention the Children will be published on 1st October 2015 priced £8.95.