We are delighted to be welcoming Paul Cookson to join us for a day of poetry in the area. Paul is a poet, performer and National Reading Hero. Alongside his extensive work in schools, he is the official Poet In Residence for the National Football Museum, the Poetry Ambassador for United Learning and Poet Laureate for Slade. As part of the National Year of Reading, Paul was nominated a National Reading Hero and received his award at 10 Downing Street. His work has appeared on Match of The Day, Radio 5 Live, Radio 2, The World Service, CBBC, Sky Sports, Talksport Radio, and The Everton match day programme.
With over sixty titles to his name, Paul has sold well over three quarters of a million books and his poems appear in over two hundred other books. Best known collections include The Poetry Store, Pants on Fire, The Truth About Teachers, I’d Rather Be A Footballer, Give Us A Goal , Spill The Beans, The Truth About Parents, The World At Our Feet and It’s Behind You! As well as a tenth anniversary edition of perennial best seller – The Works (now sold over 200,000 copies).
“Paul is Slade’s poet Laureate – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed” – Noddy Holder
“Everyday should have a Paul Cookson moment – keep him by your bedside for emergencies” – Simon Mayo
The school visits will be followed by a performance at Wormley Free Church in the evening at 7pm where Paul will no doubt be performing both favourites and works from his latest books, ‘The Man Who Launched a Thousand Poems – Vols 1&2’. These came about through his taking to writing a poem a day over lockdown, a habit that has continued to today.
Tickets for the evening performance are available at the door and are on a Pay What You Can basis, so that everyone who is interested can join us, with a suggested £10 per person.
To find out more about Paul, visit his website paulcooksonpoet.co.uk