Poet Performances

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


Karmelo Iribarren

Karmelo is an award-winning Spanish poet who has written Poems the Wind Blew In, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, and translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel, w

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. His popular collections of poetry include Please Mrs Butler and Heard it in the Playground.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. His verse novel Rebound has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2019.
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. He was awarded an OBE for services to poetry and died in 2017.
Valerie Bloom is a performance poet, originally from Jamaica. Her poems feature in the CLiPPA 2015 shortlisted book Give the Ball to the Poet: A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry.
Steven Camden (also known as Polarbear) is a spoken-word artist, novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His poetry collection Everything All At Once won the CLiPPA 2019.
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
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. Her book Poems to Perform was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2014.
Allie Esiri is a former actress, now a writer. She is the editor A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year and was a judge for the CLiPPA in 2015.
Eloise Greenfield is a children’s poet and author of over 40 children's books. Her poetry book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me was Highly Commended by the CLiPPA 2019 judges .
Philip Gross has published twenty poetry collections, including four for children, and won many awards including the TS Eliot Prize. Dark Sky Park was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2019
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 is a poet, performer and children's author. He compiled the poems for Midnight Feasts.Tasty Poems which was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2020.
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 was shortlisted for the CLiPPA in 2014.

Paul B. Janeczko was an American poet and teacher who edited numerous award-winning poetry anthologies for young people.

Jackie Kay is an author and poet . She was awarded an MBE in 2006 for her services to poetry and in 2016 announced as the Scots Makar (national poet of Scotland).
Award-winning Joanne Limburg 's collection of poems Brookside Down was shortlisted for, and highly commended in, the CLiPPA 2014
John Lyons, was born in Trinidad and is an artist and poet. His collection Dancing in the Rain was shortlisted for the 2016 CLiPPA award.
Aoife Mannix was born in Sweden of Irish parents. A poet and performer, she is the author of several poetry collections and is currently poet in residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.
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. His poem Wayland won the CLiPPA 2014 .
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.
Born in Guyana, Grace Nichols poetry collection. Cosmic Disco was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2014. Grace chaired the judging panel for the CLiPPA in 2018.
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.

Rachel Plummer is a poet living in Edinburgh.

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.and her collection A Kid in My Class has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2019.
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.
Lawrence Schimel

Lawrence Schimel is a bilingual author and literary translator working in and between English and Spanish.

George Szirtes was born in Hungary and came to England in 1956. A poet and a translator of Hungarian literature, his poetry collection In the Land of Giants won the CLiPPA 2013
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.

Zaro Weil

Zaro Weil lives in southern France with her husband, her sheepdog Spot Guevara, alongside a host of birds, insects, badgers, wild boars, crickets, donkeys, goats, hares and loads more.