Mandy Coe

Mandy Coe


Mandy Coe writes for adults and children. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC radio and television and published in magazines and newspapers including the TV Times, the TES and the Guardian. Mandy lives in liverpool. Her work has won a number of awards and she is a Hawthornden Fellow.





Publications & Performance History

Mandy reads at poetry events and literature festivals across the UK. Poems from both her collections: ‘Pinning the Tail on the Donkey’ (Spike) and ‘The Weight of Cows’ (Shoestring) have been included in the Forward Anthologies. Her first collection was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her third collection is to be published, spring 2009. Her poetry for children has been widely anthologised by pubishers such as Hodder, Macmillan and Bloomsbury.

Workshop & Reading Experience

Mandy runs poetry workshops with children and adults in schools, libraries and arts venues such as Liverpool Tate, The Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. Mandy also delivers INSET and CPD training for teachers and writers. She was a judge for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf’s National Poetry Competition and works for the CPB as a selector.


Angel Dahouk, Education Officer The Poetry Society 22 Betterton Street London WC2H 9BX Kaye Tew Outreach Co-ordinator Faculty of Humanities, Law & Social Science, 103 Geoffry Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University M15 6LL

Group size preference

15 (negotiable)

Group age preference


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Other information

With fellow poet, Jean Sprackland, Mandy co-authored ‘Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working in Schools’. Andrew Motion, POET LAUREATE said of the book: it is useful, practical, detailed and inspiring. Writers and teachers will find it invaluable. I recommend it whole-heartedly This is a very important book for teachers, writers and literary organisations  the honest, comprehensive resource we’ve all been waiting for. LIVE LITERATURE SCOTLAND For more information on ‘Our thoughts are bees’ see