Justin Coe


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Website: http://www.justincoe.co.uk


Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4)


I am a performance poet with appeal for both children and adults, on a mission to reconnect poetry with people and people with poetry.

Since 1997, I have taken my lively mix of puckish poetics and heartfelt humour everywhere from Sheppey to Shanghai and from The Savoy Hotel to street corners, steam trains and a sitting room made entirely out of newspaper.

My first solo collection for children THE DICTIONARY OF DADS will be published in August 2017 by Otter-Barry Books.

In the meantime, I continue to tour my spoken word theatre shows for young people across the country; Big Wow Small Wonder (produced by Half Moon Theatre) and Are We being Silly? are currently touring in 2016. 

Past shows (no longer touring, but from which I still perform individual poems) include The Jumble Book (about dyslexia), My Creepy-Crawly Story-House, The Book of Record Breaking Rhymes and One Way Ticket (co-written with Rosie Harris and Sophie Rose) about the child migration scandal of the 1950's.

I love working in libraries and schools and always try to be as flexible as possible with my schools offer. I work predominately in key stages 1, 2 and 3, but I'm happy to work with older and younger too. (I have performed in nurseries, worked in special needs schools, written poems with EASL students and run writing workshops with people with dementia).

As well as one-off visits, I have also enjoyed working on longer-term educational projects with the likes of Hastings Pier Trust, Creative Partnerships and Glyndebourne Opera, amongst many others.

Recent commisisons have included writing/performing a filmed poem about Railway Street in Chatham (where Dickens first went to school) for the Chatham Placemaking Project, a sonnet for a new housing estate in Ashford and "My Mate Margate", as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

I was born on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, but now live across the water in Southend-on-sea. 

I've been published in several poetry anthologies for children, including The Jumble Book (Macmillan), Born to Giggle (Save The Children), Recycling Grandad and The Secret Life of Pants (A & C Black). The Dictionary of Dads is my debut solo collection.
The Dictionary of Dads (isbn:978-1-91095-916-9)
Forthcoming solo poetry collection for young people 7 plus. Illustrated by Steve Wells and Published by Otter-Barry Books in August 2017.
NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education)

Other search criteria:

Humour, Poetry, Stage and Screen

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age)

poetry performance poetry spoken word theatre dads fatherhood dyslexia history big small animals insects humour comedy social issues fun funny rhyme