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Fighting Talk

Written by Paul Cookson

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Fighting Talk Synopsis

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

Fighting Talk Press Reviews

Praise for Paul Cookson's work: Every day should have a Paul Cookson moment. - Simon Mayo; Simple, direct and poetic. Caring, compassionate and funny. - Ian McMillan; Hilarious. - The Times; Wordsmithery of the highest order and wittiest bent. - Mark Radcliffe

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838118501
Publication date: 21st October 2020
Author: Paul Cookson
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Flapjack Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 146 pages

About Paul Cookson

Paul Cookson was born in 1961, brought up near Preston, and now lives in Retford, Notts. He has worked as a poet since 1989, performing in schools and libraries, and at literature festivals and events across the world. As well as being Poet-in-Residence for The National Football Museum and Everton in the Community, he is Writer-in-Residence for Sing Together, which involves 125 Lancastrian schools and over 5000 children and 400 teachers. He is also Poet Laureate for Slade, has written a book of poems about the band and performed with Noddy Holder, Jim Lea and Don Powell. He is now part of Don Powell's Occasional ...

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