Joseph Coelho is a performance poet and playwright. He has written plays for companies including: Soho Theatre, Polka Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Oily Cart, The Spark Children’s Festival, Islington Community Theatre, Pied Piper Theatre Company and Pinhole Theatre Company. His plays have received special note from Soho’s Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition.
Joseph is writer, performer and co-founder for Word Pepper Theatre Company with author/illustrator/paper-engineer John O’leary. Word Pepper’s debut show The PoetryJoe Show has toured widely up and down the country over the last two years, and was this year joined by their second show Pop-up Flashback in association with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes.
Joseph’s poems have been published in several Macmillan anthologies including Green Glass Beads ed. by Jacqueline Wilson. His debut children’s collection “Werewolf Club Rules” is published by Frances Lincoln and is currently shortlisted for The CLPE Poetry Award. Joseph has been a guest poet on Cbeebies Rhyme Rocket where he was beamed up from The Rhyme Rock to perform his Bug Poem.
For National poetry Day 2015, Joseph will work with schools across the UK via Skype to lead 10 back to back poetry workshops on the theme of Light. Schools can take part by following the link here.