Paul Cookson

June 20, 2016

Paul has worked as a poet for 30 years. During that time, he has visited over 4000 schools, libraries and festivals and performed to millions of people. He has over sixty titles to his name and has sold over a million books, including the best-selling anthology The Works. He is a National Poetry Day Ambassador, Poet in Residence for The National Football Museum and Everton In The Community. In 2009 he was nominated as a National Reading Hero and since 2015 he has been Writer In Residence for Sing Together.

As well as his school visits, Paul is now writing songs with Slade drummer Don Powell and singer songwriter, Les Glover as Don Powell’s Occasional Flames. Their Christmas single – It Isn’t Really Christmas Until Noddy Starts To Sing – reached number 21 in the Amazon pop charts for an hour and half one Monday afternoon. Everton FC commissioned him to write “Home” – a poem for their season ticket campaign. Five Live commissioned a poem for England’s World Cup Campaign – “One Match At A Time”

Always in demand, his performances are memorable, funny, thoughtful and interactive. Audience participation is non-negotiable. It’s like pantomime – but with better rhymes!

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