Paul Cookson was born in 1961, brought up near Preston, and now lives in Retford, Notts. He has worked as a poet since 1989, performing in schools and libraries, and at literature festivals and events across the world. As well as being Poet-in-Residence for The National Football Museum and Everton in the Community, he is Writer-in-Residence for Sing Together, which involves 125 Lancastrian schools and over 5000 children and 400 teachers. He is also Poet Laureate for Slade, has written a book of poems about the band and performed with Noddy Holder, Jim Lea and Don Powell. He is now part of Don Powell’s Occasional Flames and currently working on their second album. Paul has more than sixty titles to his name and over a million book sales, and with a quarter of a million copies sold, the anthology The Works has become a teacher’s ‘poetry Bible’.
Paul Cookson: Fighting Talk
National Reading Hero award-winner and National Football Museum poet in residence Paul Cookson introduces his new collection, Fighting Talk: A COVID-19 Poetry Diary. Compassionate, societal, political and principled, and laced with the author’s renowned humour, here is an extraordinary collection for extraordinary times and a reflective discourse on the mood of a nation.
Published by Flapjack Press, October 2020. Available in paperback and eBook.
This video was created for the Manchester UNESCO City of Literature Online Book Fair in November 2020.