So, Michael Rosen is kind of a hero in my mind. Not only has he done some hugely amazing things for children's literature, learning and lives; he's also a fantastic writer and poet. I first met Michael Rosen when I was a child, probably about 9 or 10, and he came to my school on a visit. We'd all been absorbing his poetry books like sponges and "Chocolate Cake" was ingrained on our brains. He was like a rockstar visiting and we all LOVED him for being funny and talking to us like we were grown ups.
Now, being an actual grown up, I was presented with the chance to meet him. With a copy of my poetry book in hand, I went to Foyles fully prepared to lose my shit a bit and mumble my way through meeting him once again. What I really wanted to tell him was that he sort of inspired me to keep writing and loving reading even though I struggled at times at learnt that being dyspraxic doesn't mean you're stupid or can't achieve.
Michael was celebrating the launch of his new book, How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher, so I knew his event was going to be a mixed crowd of fans, parents, teachers and perhaps even some children.
It was a lovely event held in the new Foyles event space and it was a great mix of listening to Michael read from his new book, questions and answers and interaction. I could listen to him talk for hours but it was also a special moment for me to meet Michael and get my copy of Quick, Lets Get Out Of Here signed.
I want to say thanks to the Foyles staff for a really well run event and a huge thank you to Michael for being very kind when signing my book and listening to be talk. It's a big moment when you meet a writing hero; it's even bigger when you get to meet them a second time and tell them how the first meeting impacted your life.