Why Play Matters

  • Discussion
  • Hearing loop
Portrait of Michael Rosen
Portrait of Michael Rosen © Image by Historyworks.

What you'll do

Join former Children’s Laureate and bestselling author Michael Rosen to hear his thoughts on play. In his new Book of Play to accompany our ‘Play Well’ exhibition, Rosen highlights the importance of play for creativity, resilience and so much more. Come and hear his suggestions of silliness and activities that will help us get more play into our lives. There will be a chance to ask questions.

About your contributors

Photograph of Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen’s official website

Michael Rosen is one of the best-loved figures in the children’s book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and education campaigner. His books include ‘Michael Rosen’s Book of Play’, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Michael Rosen’s Sad Book’ and ‘Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry’. He is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Photograph of Philippa Perry

Philippa Perry


Philippa Perry is a psychotherapist, agony aunt and author of ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read’. A faculty member of the School of Life, she has worked on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The Age of Emotion’ and contributed towards the radio documentary ‘Humiliation’.