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POEM A DAY: MICHAEL ROSEN

Posted on April 02 2020

We're relieved to hear reports that the much loved children's writer and poet Michael Rosen is recovering from Coronavirus and we wanted to honour his incredible poem to the NHS and wish him a speedy recovery. Although Michael Rosen is one of our best-loved writers for children, his poems for grown-ups are less well known. This poem was written for the 60th anniversary of the NHS and featured in his adult poetry collection Don’t Mention the Childrenpublished by Smokestack Books. It also inspired a powerful new anthology called These Are The Hands featuring poems by NHS workers, published by Fairacre Press and edited by Deborah Alma "The Emergency Poet" and GP Dr Katie Amiel. This anthology was launched last week and is raising money for NHS Charities Together’s urgent Covid-19 appeal. Copies are available to order here to support this worthwhile cause. Michael Rosen wrote a foreword for the collection in which he described the NHS as “a perfect symbol of how we can care for each other across a whole society” - a statement which feels more important than ever.

PBS Members can support this cause and order copies of These Are the Hands anthology here with your 25% member discount.

 

 

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