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Paul Lyalls

Paul Lyalls

funny, fast-moving, hip and accessible


Star of BBC2's / CBBC's Big Slam poetry House. His poetry is funny and moving. His poetry workshops produce extraordinary poems from children of all ages. Paul has been poet in residence at 9 Secondary’s & 15 Primary Schools. He does magical assembly performances. His new full collection Catching the cascade is sold in all bookshops and Amazon & was shortlisted for the 2012 People's Book Prize. His Children's collection, Are we nearly there yet? is on its 3rd reprint.

In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent and performed at Wembley stadium. He has 2 poems in the New Penguin's A-Z of Children’s poetry. Paul has performed at 10 Edinburgh festivals, 1 Eton College, 5 Glastonbury's, a 73 Bus, which made the and finally...bit of the BBC news.

Paul has worked & performed with Michael Rosen, George Best, Will Self, John Hegley, Benjamin Zepphaniah & Andrea Leavy, amongst others. Paul is one of the London 2012 Shake the Dust Poets. Paul was one of the 2012 Smile London Poets – resulting in his work featuring on the underground to 1.8 million commuters.           

‘His views on life's fleeting moments are poignant'
The Daily Mail

'Extremely good poetry but smiles too much' John Hegley

'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’' Danes Hill School

Published works
Children and Families publications
'Are we nearly there yet' (2004) - ISBN 0 9526899 02 (available from 'The Big Green Book shop' 020 8 881 6767)
The Penguin A-Z of children's poetry
- Penguin (August 09).
Poems for Children CD - Oxfam

Adult publications
Catching the Cascade (October 2009) - Published by Flipped Eye


Paul has run workshops in Primary schools, secondary schools, prisons and even the new Wembley Stadium. in 2008 Paul was poet for the London Borough of Brent, performing on the hallowed Wembley turf and producing the Brent schools poetry collection 'Playing with words'. Paul fuses exciting, hilarious live performances (Assembly and classroom shows) with dynamic and fun writing workshops, that are perfectly pitched to have just the right amount of challenge for any class.

As well as Apples & Snakes, Paul regularly delivers successful workshops for many of the country's leading poetry organization's including; The Poetry Society, The Roundhouse and 57 Productions. Paul has been 'Poet in residence' at a number of schools:St Aidans Primary, North London, Albany secondary, Enfield, Carlton Primary, Camden, Our Lady of Grace Infants, Brent. From these residencies and others many acclaimed anthologies of pupils work have been produced including 'Ideas as chandeliers', 'The flame we became', 'Be yourself, Always changing' and the Key stage 1 collection 'Our stories'. Paul is Poet in residence for 2009/10 for St Anne's Primary School, Surrey. Paul has worked for many years with the countries leading arts development agencies. He has collaborated with Creative Partnerships (A new Direction) for the last 7 years, developing how to make the classroom a more creative environment and has completed their 'agent of change programme'.

Paul is also a workshop leader for the theatre in education organisation 'Make Believe Arts' and he regularly attends Apples & Snakes ongoing creative development.

Relevant Age Groups:

Under 5s, 5 - 7 years, 7 - 11 years, 11 - 14 years, 14 - 16 years, 16 - 18 years, 18 + (adults), 65+ (adults), Families

Telling Tales: Southwark

7 October - 11 November 2017

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