Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Joseph Coelho

In May, the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour will bring Award Winning Performance Poet and Writer, Joseph Coelho to visit P1 to P7 pupils across Scottish Borders, West Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire for an exciting week of events!

Born and raised in London, it never occurred to Joseph growing up, that one day he would become a writer. But no matter where his career took him, he was always writing in the background. After discovering a performance poetry course at Battersea Arts Centre, Joseph began to write poems and share them on stage before being asked to take his work into schools.  

In 2015, Joseph won the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA) for his poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules. Joseph’s poetry explores areas from family life and childhood experiences to loneliness and bullying, using his work to prove that poetry is not “boring”.Overheard in a Tower Block book cover

Tipped to be a fun and interactive session exploring the many areas of poetry. For P1 - 3 audiences, there will be dramatic readings of Joseph's stories along with crafting sessions and opportunities to create poems drawing on poetic devices. For P4 - 7 audiences, Joseph will talk where his inspiration comes from as well as getting the students to create poems through call and response activities. Some of the activities will also involve students having the chance to write poems inspired by nature, using helpful hints and tips. Joseph can also cater the event for a whole school audience. 

This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for your pupils to immerse themselves into the world of poetry with one of the UK’s most popular performance poets.

Learning Resources

Download learning resources full of cross-curricular activity ideas to help you introduce poetry into your classroom. You can also watch Joseph perform some of his poems on his website.

These events are FULLY FUNDED and all primary schools in Scottish Borders, West Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire are invited to apply.

Event Details


Age Group

Audience Size



Application Deadline

13 - 17 May 2019

P1 - 7

Ideally 200 

Your School!

Fully Funded

Friday 5 April 2019


Applications Closed




If you have any questions about applying or what’s involved, please email Holly Gardner

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 5 April 2019.