Mandy Coe

Prize-winning poet and author of six books,  Mandy Coe has been featured on BBC radio and television (Woman's Hour, Poetry Please and CBeebies) as well as the Radio Times and the Guardian.

Based in the North West of England, Mandy writes poetry for adults and children and as an educationalist has been commissioned to write poems and educational material for the Barbican, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf, National Poetry Day, National Galleries, the Write Team (Bath Festivals), The Poetry Society and Booktrust. She reads at poetry and literature events throughout the UK and her work as an educationalist has been featured in the TES.

Mandy regularly works with schools as a visiting author and is co-author of Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools’ (co-written with fellow poet, Jean Sprackland). Designed for both writers and teachers, this UK guide explores the practicalities and potential of writers in schools work and can be found at

Prizes and Awards

Mandy is a Hawthornden Fellow. She has won a number of prizes including the Ilkley and Ted Waters Memorial Prize. In its inaugural year, the Manchester Poetry Prize judges, Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker and Gillian Clarke, announced Mandy Coe and Lesley Saunders to be joint-winners of the £10,000 Manchester Poetry Prize. This new international award, organised by The Writing School at MMU, was celebrated as part of the Manchester Literary Festival.

Mandy’s collection for children, ‘If You Could See Laughter’ was recently shortlisted for the 2011 CLPE award.

Comments on Mandy's work:

Comments on author’s visits:

"All activities were relevant and well resourced… Her enthusiasm was infectious." Leasowe Primary School.

"Mandy was the best example one can have of collaborative, creative work." Gill Curry G&T Coordinator, Wirral.

"This workshop has given me confidence and lots of ideas." Yr 2 teacher, Times Educational Supplement

Comments on books:

On ‘Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools’ Wordplay Press:

"This book is exactly what it should be: useful, practical and detailed but also inspiring, enlightening and far-reaching. Writers as well as teachers will find it invaluable. I recommend it whole-heartedly." Andrew Motion

On ‘If You Could See Laughter’ Salt Publishing:  

“There’s something for everyone in this book – girls, boys, younger readers and teenagers should all be captivated by the way in which her words conjure up vivid pictures that make the reader feel happy to be alive.”  The Secret Life of Poets

“She liberates the poet in all of us, old or young.” Sherry Ashworth

On ‘The Weight of Cows’ Shoestring Press:

“Mandy Coe is exceptionally alive to the worlds around us and within us. Her work is characterised by passionate curiosity, startlingly accurate imagery and an unfailing sense of warmth and connection.” Jean Sprackland