Date of release: Thursday, November 19, 2015

RastamouseThe creator of hit children's cartoon Rastamouse, Michael de Souza, will explain how poetry and rhyme make reading fun at the University of Greenwich on Thursday 26 November.

The exploits of the Jamaican mouse and his reggae band Da Easy Crew are loved by children irrespective of ethnic background and gender. The patois-speaking characters first appeared in print in 2005, taking to the screen in one of CBeebies' most popular series in 2011.

Dr Mary Clare Martin, Head of the university's Centre for the Study of Play & Recreation, wants students and staff to discover how Michael and Rastamouse illustrator Genevieve Webster engage children with their stories.

She says: "It has been recognised that Rastamouse works on so many levels. The stories celebrate Caribbean culture and language, help children understand right and wrong, and make them want to read."

Michael promises an interactive presentation, which will incorporate a reading from one of the classic books in the Rastamouse series and lead to a discussion on the language used. He adds: "The session will also look at the impact of Rastamouse on children, their parents and adults in general."

Dr Martin says the seminar follows a popular talk by fellow faculty member Charmaine Brown on her experience of growing up in Jamaica and the UK, given during Black History Month.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the seminar at 4.30pm, Department of Education & Community Studies, Room 016, Honeycomb building, Avery Hill Campus, Bexley Road, London SE9 2PQ.

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