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.
Overheard arguments,
overheard laughter.'

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….




Age 8+

Jul 5, 2017





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Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 18
Shortlisted for the CLIPPA Award 18



"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


"A stunning – and stunningly illustrated by Kate Milner – poetry collection. You can dip in and out of it (‘City Kids’ is my current favourite) but there is also a narrative vein running through it. It is powerful and atmospheric, and has true ‘crossover’ appeal."

Clare Pearson - Achuka Best Books of the Year


"[The author] has surpassed himself with this breathtaking collection of poems for older children. Kate Milner's black and white illustrations perfectly enhance the narrative. This collection will stay with you always."

CLPE Books of the Year

Joseph Coelho


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


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.


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