Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in Harrow, Middlesex. He began studying medicine but soon changed to studying English Language and Literature at Wadham College, Oxford. He then worked for the BBC on children’s television programmes before publishing his first poetry collection for children in 1974. He was made Children’s Laureate in 2007, a title he retained until 2009. He presents Word of Mouth for BBC Radio 4.