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Paul Cookson - Author

About the Author

Paul has been a poet for over twenty-five years, has written and edited over sixty collections, sold over a million books and visited thousands of schools, libraries and festivals all over the world. He is the Poet in Residence for the National Football Museum in Manchester, and his work has appeared in over 200 anthologies, on school posters, art installations, beer mats and even burger napkins.

He lives in Retford with his wife, two children, a dog, a room full of books and music, and too many ukuleles.

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Nail on the Head A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Nail on the Head A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Author: Paul Cookson Illustrator: Chris Riddell, Martin Chatterton, Korky Paul Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2021

Written daily throughout the UK's restrictions to combat coronavirus, Nail on the Head picks up directly from Pig's Ear, Dog's Dinner and takes us from the first anniversary of the first lockdown, through the planned easing of regulations and up to 'Freedom Day' on 19th July 2021 (variants allowing). Humorous, compassionate and with a principled political edge (and more than a passing interest in the European Football Championships, as you'd expect from the National Football Museum's poet-in-residence), this is Paul's concluding documentation of a nation's strength and wellbeing. Illustrated by Chris Riddell OBE, Martin Chatterton and Korky Paul.

Pig's Ear, Dog's Dinner A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Pig's Ear, Dog's Dinner A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Author: Paul Cookson Illustrator: Korky Paul Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2021

Written daily throughout the UK's restrictions to combat coronavirus, Pig's Ear, Dog's Dinner picks up directly from Volume 2, Can of Worms. Covering the period from the introduction of the 'Three-Tier System' through to the anniversary of the first lockdown, Paul's third volume is filled with humour and compassion, and is a reflective documentation of the nation's wellbeing. Illustrated by Korky Paul.

Can of Worms A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Can of Worms A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Author: Paul Cookson Illustrator: Martin Chatterton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2021

Written daily throughout the UK's COVID-19 regulatory restrictions, Paul Cookson's new collection picks up directly from his first volume, Fighting Talk. These poems document the period of July to mid-October 2020 - from the pubs re-opening through to the introduction of the 'Three-Tier System'. Compassionate, humorous, political and principled, here is another extraordinary collection for extraordinary times and a continuing discourse on the mood of a nation. Paul Cookson is on the ball with poetry and life in the here and now. These trying times need poets to help us find a compass. This book is a must. - Michael Rosen Paul's poetry gives voice to all the things that scare us and all the things that lift us, and everything in between. When we look back at 2020/21 and think what was all that about? his work will help us to remember and to see how far we've come. - Rev. Kate Bottley A sublime collection of instinctive and honest poems that will undoubtedly serve as a poignant and definitive record of a challenging, turbulent year. - Badly Drawn Boy

Fighting Talk A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Fighting Talk A COVID-19 Poetry Diary

Author: Paul Cookson Illustrator: Chris Riddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

Composed throughout the initial phase of the UK's coronavirus lockdown, 'National Reading Hero' Paul Cookson's poetry diary covers the period of 23rd March to 3rd July 2020. Compassionate, societal, political and principled, and laced with the author's renowned humour, here is an extraordinary collection for extraordinary times and a reflective discourse on the mood of a nation. Paul Cookson is a poet for all seasons and all occasions. He's never going to let a worldwide pandemic curb his creativity. COVID-19 will give up before he does. This book takes you on a Corolla-Coaster of emotions, but don't worry - with Paul you are in safe and well washed hands. - Henry Normal; Paul somehow manages to season his cogent observations of COVID-19 with a dash of humour that makes you want to dip in again and again. He has you wishing you could drop in and join him for his daily cup of tea. - Valerie Bloom; Witty and wise, astute and acerbic, Paul Cookson and Chris Riddell are a dream team for these nightmarish times. - Tony Walsh

Football 4 Every 1

Football 4 Every 1

Author: Paul Cookson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Football 4 Every 1 by Paul Cookson, is a brilliant collection of funny upbeat poems about football - playing it, supporting it, living it, breathing it. It's perfect to enjoy as you follow your team in Euro 2020. From the excitement of going to your first game, to the thrill of playing with your mates in the park, this book captures all the emotions involved in following the beautiful game.

There's a Crocodile in the House

There's a Crocodile in the House

Author: Paul Cookson Illustrator: Liz Million Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Paul Cookson's staggeringly versatile range as a performance poet is fully displayed in this new collection. Humour, danger, wonder, surprise are the elements underlying his work. The collection contains some poems that need to be shouted and some that have to be whispered very quietly. There are many interactive poems in which a whole class or group of children can participate. BEEP BEEP ! WHOOSH! A great one to do with a high pitched Beep Beep and an extended quieter Whoosh! Silver saucer shining bright Flashing beams and laser lights Beep ! Beep Whoosh! Beep Beep! Whoosh! Faster than the speed of sound See it spinning round and round Beep! Beep! Whoosh! Beep! Beep ! Whoosh! Dissipates, evaporates Hovers, dives and levitates Beep ! Beep Whoosh! Beep Beep! Whoosh! Breaking laws of gravity Maximum velocity Beep ! Beep Whoosh! Beep Beep! Whoosh! Like a diamond in the sky Beaming down from way on high Beep ! Beep Whoosh! Beep Beep! Whoosh! Nasty pilot, nasty crew Coming down for me and you Beep ! Beep Whoosh! Beep Beep! Whoosh ...

The Very Best of Paul Cookson Let No One Steal Your Dreams and Other Poems

The Very Best of Paul Cookson Let No One Steal Your Dreams and Other Poems

Author: Paul Cookson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

The Very Best of Paul Cookson brings together twenty-five years of poetry. It includes his favourite poems and his most thoughtful, uplifting and memorable poems. Includes Let No One Steal Your Dreams, Father's Hands, May You Always, Invisible Magicians, This is Our School and many more.

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