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Honorary graduate to direct Brighton Festival

Published 30 November 2012

A University of Brighton honorary graduate has been named as the Brighton Festival guest director for 2013.

Michael Rosen, children's author and former Children's Laureate, received his Doctor of Letters at this year's winter graduation ceremony at the Brighton Dome in recognition of his writing and broadcasting on children's literature, his lectures on the same subject at universities across the UK and his huge contribution to engaging children in reading.

Michael is author of the classic picture book, We're going on a bear hunt, which won the Nestlé Smarties Grand Prize in 1989.

On his appointment, he said: "It's a wonderful opportunity for me to be involved with Brighton Festival. It's exciting but it's also going to be a challenge. I am a great believer in festivals - they are an informal college of the arts for everyone."

Michael, who is planning a series of shows at the May festival, follows in the footsteps of Brian Eno, Vanessa Redgrave and Aung San Suu Kyi.

The three-week festival includes a Children's Parade themed around the alphabet to reflect Michael's passion for language and there will be a part-orchestral, part-narrated piece The Great Enormo, written by Michael.

He has a number of visiting professorships and has developed an MA in Children's Literature at Birkbeck College, London. To mark our School of Education's centenary in 2010, Michael launched a poetry book written by children from across the south-east. Me and the Teehee Monkey was the result of a collaboration between the School of Education and the partnership schools with which they work. Michael agreed to support the publication and contributed throughout the project, including helping to choose the poems and writing the foreword.

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