Author directory

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An author visit is a fantastic way to spend your Get Islington Reading budget. Here are a few of our favourite authors to get you started, but the Get Islington Reading partners are in touch with many more, so if you have an author in mind, just get in touch and we will see if we have their contact details!


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Paul Lyalls

Paul Lyalls' work is funny, fast-moving, hip, accessible, rhythmic, clever and real. Paul has gigged many unusual places including Arsenal FC's dressing room to a variety of shops in the N1 London Shopping Centre. He has run hundreds of workshops . in secondary and primary schools, youth projects and prisons. As a performance poet and spoken word artist, Paul has gigged 10 Edinburgh Festivals and many prestigious venues in cities as diverse as New York to Belfast. His new children's collection 'A Funny Thing Happened' - which has an introduction by Michael Rosen, features 52 brilliant poems aimed at anyone aged 5 - 105!

Recommended age range for events: xxx

Contact Paul


Phil Earle

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Phil Earle was born, raised and schooled in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children's home, an experience that influenced the ideas behind Being Billy and Saving Daisy. He then trained as a drama therapist and worked in a therapeutic community in south London, caring for traumatised and abused adolescents. After a couple of years in the care sector, Phil chose the more sedate lifestyle of a bookseller, and now works in children's publishing. Phil lives in south-east London with his wife and children, but Hull will always be home.

Recommended age range for events: xxx

Contact Phil