Joseph Coelho is a performance poet, children’s author, playwright and winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2015 for his debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules (Frances Lincoln). His eagerly awaited second collection, Overheard in a Tower Block (Otter-Barry Books), was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 longlist, awarded The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week, and selected for EmpathyLabUK Read for Empathy list 2018
Joe's debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers (Andersen Press), and his non-fiction title How To Write Poems (Bloomsbury) have been widely praised.
Joe has written plays for the Polka Theatre, Soho Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre and creates dynamic poetry theatre for young people which he tours nationally, as well as regularly performing with the UK's top performance poetry organisation, Apples and Snakes. Joe has also been a guest poet on Cbeebies’ Rhyme Rocket.