Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018
Shortlisted for the CLIPPA Award 2018
Jul 5, 2017
Overheard In A Tower Block
By Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by Kate Milner
Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s astonishing new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.
'Gazing at the stars from five storeys up,
smelling the bins from five storeys below.
A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library….
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"Joseph Coelho is a notable newcomer, touching on subjects ranging from the hungry mouth of a communal chute bin, devouring the disappointments of its residents, to mythical transgressions."
Imogen Russell Williams - Times Literary Supplement
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Joseph Coelho, poet and playwright, is a leading figure in performance poetry. His plays have received special note from The Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. Joseph has been a guest poet on Radio 4’s Front Row and performed poems for Channel 4 and CBeebies Radio. His debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules won the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award 2015. Joseph lives in Folkestone, Kent.
Kate Milner was a librarian before embarking on a new and distinguished career as an illustrator and author. She studied illustration at Central St Martin's, and is an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin. Her illustrations and prints have been shown in London galleries and national touring exhibitions. She lives in Bedfordshire.