Poetry Afternoon with Paul Lyalls for 9 - 11 Year olds

14 November 1 - 4pm

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Paul Lyalls invites you  to a brilliant afternoon of making Poetry & Performance -  Make amazing poems, discover where they come from, secrets of saying them - warnig class contains laughter, randomness and some rhyme - but not all of the time! (please arrange for someone to look after your parents while attending!) 

'One of the strange things about the world around us is that we sometimes forget to notice it.

Paul makes you notice it. That's his kind of kind of magic' Michael Rosen


We keep his book in the glove box of the touring van to read when stuck in traffic jams - it cheers us up'
- Kate Tempest

'Has an eye for the Absurd...his views on life's fleeting moments are poignant' 
The Daily Mail  


'I do hope we can get you back to Tring in the future;  I still remember clearly when you came several years back and totally inspired our hard to reach boys with your poetry workshop, it was extraordinary and joyous to watch!  Kind regards Suzanne Watkins Tring School

'Very, very, very, funny and very very feel-good' 
NUS Magazine 

 'Extremely good poetry but smiles too much' John Hegley

 'words of wit, wisdom and intelligence' Apples and Snakes

'I very much like Paul Lyalls' Will Self


Poet in residence for the ROALD DAHL Museum 2013/2014 & Star of BBC2's/CBBC's   'Big Slam poetry House' . Paul has worked & performed with Michael Rosen, Arsenal FC, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kate Tempest, George Best, Miranda Hart, Will Self, John Hegley,, Andrea Levy & Rastamouse to name but a few.  His poetry is funny and moving and his poetry workshops produce extraordinary poems from children of all ages. Paul has been poet in residence at 10 Secondary Schools and over 20 Primary Schools.  His latest adult collection 'Catching the cascade' (Flipped eye) & was shortlisted for the People's Book Prize  His latest Children's collection 'A funny Thing Happened' (Caboodle Books 2019) With an intro by Michael Rosen features poems loved by kids and people with inner kids of all ages. ( both are available from Waterstones & Amazon) 

In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent (London's 5th coolest Borough) and he performed at the new Wembley stadium. Paul is a regular with the country's leading poetry and arts organisations, including: Authors Abroad, The Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, All Change, Discover,  Creative Partnerships & Make Believe Arts .  He has 2 poems in Michael Rosen's New Penguin's A-Z of the best Children's poetry.  Paul has also performed at 10 Edinburgh festivals, 1 Eton College, 5 Glastonbury's, several shopping centres, the back of a lorry, Arsenal FC's pitch and on a 73 Bus, which made the and finally...bit of the 6pm national news.  . Paul was one of the London 2012 Olympic 'Shake the Dust' Poets & 2012 Smile London Poets.  In 2013 Paul beacame Poet for the London Borough of Islington's Word Festival 2012-20, working regularly with Arsenal Football club (Yes that one) performing his poetry in their dressing room and on their pitch!  He was Poet for Save The Children's 2014 reading campaign 'Read On Get On' as well as being a 100th anniversary Great War Poet working with the Berkshire 7th Rifles and the museum of Reading.  He spent 2015 as poet in residence for the Museum of Oxford and wrote an official poem for Oxford 'We didn't start the shire' -  2020 sees Paul being Poet Thornhill Primary school for the 11th year running! & working with St Pancras Station (all aboard!!!) 



'Paul’s ability to make people laugh, both children and teachers, with his quirky, captivating and moving poetry is a real gift. His lightness of touch and skill with words really challenged the children’s perception of what poetry truly is and precipitated a torrent of poetic outbursts throughout the corridors of Garden House School'.  Mary Clare O'Neil Literacy Coordinator Garden House School

'The workshop was fantastic, all the children were still talking about it 2 weeks later!' Head Teacher - Noelle Park Primary School Haringey  

'With 100 Year 5 children, you certainly inspired and injected enthusiasm both for the children & the staff...you allowed quirky and fun moments of their lives to be captured and it was something that children of all abilities could connect and spark from. we all loved re-reading the poems.' Head of Year 5 Danes Hill School