Joseph Coelho is a highly acclaimed and award-winning performance poet, children’s author and playwright. Poetry and performance is at the heart of everything Joseph creates and he aims to inspire young people through stories and characters they can recognise. Join Joseph and two of his much-admired fellow poets – Matt Goodfellow and Alex Wharton – as they perform a selection of their favourite poems from each others’ collections that explore a whole range of themes from the downright silly to the sensitive. From Daydreams and Jellybeans to Bright Bursts of Colour to words Overheard in a Tower Block and poems to make you Smile Out Loud, come and experience them all!
Joseph Coelho is an award-winning children’s author, performance poet and playwright based in London. His debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, was the 2015 winner of the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award. His second book, Overheard in a Tower Block, was shortlisted for the 2018 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award and is longlisted for the 2019 UKLA Book Awards. Joseph features in the BBC Teach ‘Understanding Poetry’ online series.
His work has poetry and performance at its heart, drawing on over 16 years’ experience running dynamic creative literacy sessions in schools. He aims to inspire young people through stories and characters they can recognise.
Alex Wharton is an award-winning writer and performer of poetry from Torfaen in Wales. He won the inaugural Rising Stars Wales Award in 2020 and was selected for Literature Wales’s Representing Wales writer development programme in 2022. Daydreams and Jellybeans is Alex’s debut poetry collection which was shortlisted for The North Somerset Teachers Book Award and is a National Poetry Day Recommendation. Alex regularly performs his poetry and facilitates writing workshops at schools and literature festivals across the UK. He has also written a poem for Her Royal Highness, The Duchess Of Cornwall. When he’s not running writing workshops, he is busy with his family, their four dogs and two horses. Alex also enjoys exploring nature and is training to become a beekeeper. From forgotten jellybeans to sparking daydreams, Alex’s poems, written for primary school age children, are both funny and thoughtful, and aim to spark familiarity and inclusion.
Matt Goodfellow is a former primary school teacher and now full-time poet and has published various poetry collections including Caterpillar Cake, and Chicken on the Roof. He is a National Poetry Day Ambassador. Matt’s collection of poems Bright Bursts of Colour was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2021. His latest collection Caterpillar Cake is shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2022. He is co-author with Liz Brownlee and Laura Mucha of Being Me: Poems About Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, an anthology of 45 poems which has also been shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2022.