Joseph Coelho’s poems have been published in several Macmillan anthologies including Green Glass Beads edited by Jacqueline Wilson. Joseph has been a guest poet on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket where he was beamed up from The Rhyme Rock to perform his Bug Poem and has featured alongside Michael Rosen and Valerie Bloom on Radio 4’s Poetry Playtime. His debut children’s collection Werewolf Club Rules is published by Frances Lincoln and was the winner of the 2015 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award. His Collection for older readers Overheard In A Tower Block was long-listed for the 2018 Carnegie Medal, short-listed for the 2018 CLPE CLiPPA award and is currently long-listed for the 2019 UKLA Book Awards. He recently finished filming Teach Poetry a 10 part BBC online series that aims to make the writing of poetry fun and accessible to all.
As well as poetry Joseph Also writes picture books like Luna Loves Library Day published by Andersen Press and non-fiction books like How To Write Poems published by Bloomsbury. All of his work has poetry and an element of performance at its heart making his festival and school session dynamic occasions. As playwright. Joseph has written plays for companies including: Soho Theatre, Polka Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Oily Cart, The Spark Children’s Festival, Islington Community Theatre, and Pied Piper Theatre Company. His plays have received special note from Soho’s Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition.