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April 20 2015

Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things at Discover

Children can step inside a huge chocolate cake, discover a secret larder, swishy swashy their way through a Bear Hunt and explore Bad Things in the Dread Shed. The exhibition will feature hidden rooms where clues can be found that reveal the inspiration behind Michael’s writing including his Grandparents’ sitting room and his classroom. Younger children will be able to participate in Bear Hunt trail whilst older children can go on a fun fact finding mission and create poems of their own to takeaway.

Discover’s Chief Executive, Karla Barnacle-Best said, ‘We are very excited to announce this latest exhibition made in collaboration Michael Rosen. Michael has so much energy and passion for education, creativity and writing that he is incredibly inspiring to work with.’

Award winning author Michael Rosen said ‘This exhibition is one of the most exciting things to have happened in my writing career. I am someone who has found a way of writing that is often about digging up stuff to do with my past and here is Discover making that into a giant room that families and schools will be able to explore. Just as exciting for me, as someone who works with children and students at Goldsmiths, University of London, is the idea that this exhibition will act as a springboard for children, teachers and parents to talk together about things that they remember or think up, and this, I hope, will turn into writing and performing new poems and stories. I am so looking forward to it.’

Discover’s new interactive exhibition for families Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things opens on 16 October 2015 and will launch the centre’s autumn programme full of inspiration from Michael Rosen’s stories and poems.

Discover Children’s Story Centre’s exhibitions have been nominated for the 2012 European Museum Academy International Children’s Museum Award. Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things follows hot on the heels of blockbuster exhibitions Once There Was...The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers, Secret Agents, Journey to Space and sold out collaboration with Punchdrunk Enrichment, The House Where Winter Lives.

Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things has been created, produced and designed by Discover Children’s Story Centre and will be touring the country from summer 2016.

Illustrations © 1989 Helen Oxenbury
From WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd., London SE11 5HJ


For further information about the exhibition, for images and to attend a press view please contact Racheal Brasier on Tel: 020 8536 5563 Email: racheal.brasier@discover.org.uk

Michael Rosen on Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things from Discover Children's Story Centre on Vimeo.

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