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Don’t Mention the Children
Don’t Mention the Children
is published in paperback by
Smokestack Books at £8.95.
 
Monday 9 November at 7.30 pm at The Wanstead Tap

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Michael Rosen
Don’t Mention the Children

Michael Rosen is one of the best-loved poets and writers for children, and a constant friend and supporter of Newham Bookshop over many years. His poems for grown-ups are less well known and Don’t Mention the Children is his first collection since Selected Poems in 2007.

Fans of his children’s books will enjoy the way these new 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. But at the heart of the book is a remarkable series of poems about anti-Semitism, fascism and war, connecting the contemporary world—UKIP, Marine le Pen, Palestine (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)—to the lives of Rosen’s parents and grandparents—the General Strike, the Battle of Cable Street, Vichy and Auschwitz.

The Wanstead Tap is in a railway arch underneath London Overground. The nearest station is Wanstead Park.

Tickets £5 from Newham Bookshop or The Wanstead Tap

This event is now sold out.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
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The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

Michael Rosen: So They Call You Pisher!
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

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Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
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Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
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Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

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The Disappearance of Émile Zola

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refugee charity Care4Calais
Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
the importance of libraries
Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture