Paul Lyalls

Paul Lyalls was poet in residence for the Roald Dahl Museum 2013/2014 & Star of BBC2’s/CBBC’s ‘Big Slam poetry House’ . His poetry is funny and moving and his poetry workshops produce extraordinary poems from people of all ages. Paul has been poet in residence at 10 Secondary Schools and over 20 Primary Schools. His new full adult collection Catching the cascade (Flipped eye) was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize. His new children’s collection A funny Thing Happened (2014), with an intro by Michael Rosen, is loved by kids and people with inner kids of all ages. In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent (London’s 5th coolest Borough) and he performed at the new Wembley stadium. 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 Glastonburys and on a 73 Bus, which made the ‘and finally…’ bit of the 6pm national news. Paul has worked & performed with Michael Rosen, George Best, Miranda Hart, Will Self, John Hegley, Benjamin Zepphaniah, Andrea Leavy & Rastamouse and many more. Paul was one of the London 2012 Olympic ‘Shake the Dust’ Poets & 2012 Smile London Poets.  Paul is Poet for the London Borough of Islington’s Word Festival 2012-16, working regularly with Arsenal Football club 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’. 2016 sees Paul being an artist poet in residence for the acclaimed Spine Festival, Poet in residence for Word 2016, Greig City Academy Secondary School, Thornhill Primary school and Haringey’s Heartlands High School.