13 November 2017

Pupils enjoyed an entertaining performance from famous poet Paul Cookson during this year’s Northern Children’s Book Festival.

The children from Year 7 at Norham High School and Years 5 and 6 from Collingwood Primary School were entertained by the hilarious writer and performer during his trip to Norham High School.

With over sixty titles to his name, Paul has been a poet for over 25 years and has sold over a million books.

The prolific writer encouraged his young audience to take part in his recital of funny and interactive poems, with singing, chanting and funny gestures added for good measure.

At the end of the event, pupils got the chance to meet Paul and take part in a book signing.

Kimberley Ellis from Year 7, said: “It was brilliant to watch Paul perform and then meet him afterwards. I thought poets were quite serious people but Paul was really funny and we couldn’t stop laughing during the performance. It’s really made me think about poetry in a different way.”

Norham High School takes part in the Northern Children’s Book Festival (NCBF) every year, welcoming a different writer into school each time.

The visits are organised in partnership with North Tyneside Libraries.

David Baldwin, Executive Headteacher at Norham High School, said: “Paul’s wit and wisdom made such an impact that our pupils haven’t stopped talking about how much they enjoyed his visit.

“We believe it’s really important for children to develop a love of literature in all its forms, and we’re extremely grateful to Paul for bringing his own truly unique brand of poetry to our pupils and the pupils from Collingwood Primary School who joined us for the fun.

“We’re also indebted to North Tyneside Libraries for enabling these visits to happen, year after year.”

As well as being a published poet, Paul is also Poet In Residence at the National Football Museum in Manchester and his work has appeared in over 200 anthologies, on school posters, art installations, beer mats and even burger napkins.

His work has taken him all over the world – including visits to Argentina, Uganda, Malaysia, Singapore and Beijing and featured on Match of The Day, Radio 5 Live, Radio 2, The World Service, CBBC, and more.

You can find out more about Paul Cook at www.paulcooksonpoet.co.uk