family & young people
spoken word & live literature

Michael Rosen: The Missing

Part of Imagine Children's Festival

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust: discover the new book by beloved children's author Michael Rosen.

Told through prose and poetry, The Missing is the true story of Rosen’s search for his relatives who ‘went missing’ during the Second World War.

Poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.

When Rosen was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles – they were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after.

Over many years, Rosen tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and travelled to America and France.

The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution – and it has inspired his poetry for years since.

Dates & times

23 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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    • Sun 23 February 2020


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£12 adult £9 child
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£12 adult £9 child


25% off (limited availability)
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Age recommendation
For ages 10+

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Access information
The event on Sunday 23 February is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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