Poet Performances

Find out more about your favourite poets below and watch their performance films.


John Agard was born in Guyana and writes for children and adults. His latest collection of poetry The Rainmaker Danced was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018.

Allan Ahlberg is the author of over 150 books. He famously collaborated with his late wife Janet on picture books with rhyming texts such as Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo!

Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. Booked was highly commended by the CLiPPA judges in 2017.
Ruth Awolola
Ruth Awolola is a student, youth worker and poet currently. She is one of the 5 poets included in Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry which was highly commended at the CLiPPA 2018

James Berry's poems celebrate the inner city life of Britain and the rural Caribbean. They draw on the language and speech rhythms of both cultures.

Valerie Bloom is a performance poet, originally from Jamaica, and many of her poems are in Jamaican Patois.

James Carter
James Carter is a prize-winning poet, guitarist and educational writer. His collection of poems Zim Zam Zoom! was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2017.

CLPE has run a number of poetry projects in Southwark and children from all over the country have also submitted their work to us.

Joseph Coelho is a writer and performer. Winner of the CLiPPA Poetry Award in 2015 and his collection Overheard in a Tower Block was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018.
Sarah Crossan is an author and poet. Her verse novel One won the CLiPPA Poetry Award 2016 and Moonrise was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018.

Julia Donaldson MBE is a writer, playwright and performer and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate.

Allie Esiri, described in a Tatler profile as 'a poetry powerhouse', is a former English stage, film and television actress, now a writer.

Sue Hardy-Dawson
Sue Hardy-Dawson is a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator.Where Zebras Go is her debut solo collection and shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018.
A F Harrold
A F Harrold is a poet, performer and children's author. His work for children includes Things You Find In A Poet's Beard.
John Hegley has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug. He was the Chair of the judging panel for CLiPPA 2016.

Kathy Henderson is a writer, poet and illustrator with many published titles for children. She has won many awards for her titles including The Kurt Maschler Prize.

Jackie Kay’s poems present us with a range of viewpoints including those of the moon: The Moon at Knowle Hill. Jackie was awarded an MBE in 2006 for her services to poetry.

Joanne Limburg won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 1998, and her first book, Femenismo, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

John Lyons, winner of the WindRush Arts Achiever Award and Peterloo Poetry Prize, was born in Trinidad and educated as an artist and art educator in the UK.

Aoife Mannix was born in Sweden of Irish parents. She grew up in Dublin, Ottawa and New York before moving to the UK.  She is the author of several poetry collections.

Roger's collection Poetry Pie was shortlisted for the 2016 CLiPPA award. He was the chair of judges for CLiPPA 2014 and 2015 and is a patron of CLPE.

Tony Mitton wrote his first book Plum in 1998 and he has since had 14 more publications and won numerous awards for his work.

Michaela Morgan
Michaela has had over 140 titles published and she edited and contributed to Wonderland: Alice in Poetry which was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2017.

Grace Nichols draws on the language patterns, rhythms and themes of her Guyana homeland as well as those of contemporary Britain. Listen to the music of these lines as she reads aloud her poems.

Karl Nova
Karl Nova is a Hip Hop artist, author and poet. He is the winner of CLiPPA 2018 for this debut collection Rhythm and Poetry.
Hilda Offen is an author and illustrator. Her poetry collection Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2015.
Rachel Piercey is the editor at Emma Press. She co-edited and is featured in Falling Out of the Sky. Poems about Myths and Monsters which was shortlisted for the 2016 CLiPPA Award.

Rachael was born in Birmingham in 1987. Her work has appeared in Magma, Gigantic Sequins and The Cadaverine. In 2012 she won an Eric Gregory Award.

Rachel's work has been published in numerous anthologies. Her collection The Language of Cat won the 2011 CLPE Poetry Award and she was Chair of judges for CLiPPA 2017.
Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen, former Children's Laureate (2007-2009) is a renowned poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots was shortlisted for the CLiPPA in 2017.

George Szirtes was born in Budapest and came to England as a refugee in 1956. His poetry has been widely published in magazines and books.

Kate Wakeling is a poet and ethnomusicologist. Kate is the winner of the CLiPPA 2017 for Moon Juice, her first poetry collection for children.

Several of Jennifer Watson’s poems feature in the CLiPPA 2015 shortlisted book Let in the Stars: New Poetry for Children.