Mandy Coe

Mandy Coe’s poetry has won a number of prizes and has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Poetry Please and on BBC 2 (‘Essential Poetry’). Her work has been included in publications such as the Radio Times, The Guardian and 101 Poems to Save Your Life (Harper Collins). Her first collection Pinning the Tail on the Donkey (Spike 2000) was short-listed for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, a poem from the book was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2002.

Mandy regularly performs her work at poetry events across the UK and delivers workshops and residencies in community venues and schools. Her poetry for children is anthologized by Hodder, Wayland, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education and Bloomsbury.

Mandy’s poems have been published in a range of magazines including Ambit, Envoi, Interpreter’s House, The Rialto, and The Guardian.

Comments for The Weight of Cows:

“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. This book is like a hall of mirrors which reflects not only the way things are but also the way they could be.”
Jean Sprackland

“There is a wealth of sensuous detail that is literally spell-binding… the poems are self-possessed and self-assured – the sort you immediately want to read out to people not just for the strength and marvellous accuracy of the language and their way of illuminating the world but also for the sheer pleasure of following each poem’s sure trajectory to a wholly satisfying ending, or to an ending that quirkily, artfully shifts your perspective.”
Matt Simpson

“Coe’s language is easy and vigorous; peopled with a wild collection of speakers.”
Stride Magazine

Praise for Pinning the Tail on the Donkey

“Acutely observed and finely tuned… exposes the extraordinary face of the ordinary”
Patience Agbabi

“Optimism and humour, but Mandy Coe’s work has a punch too.”
Julia Darling

“..homage to those who endure through humour and camaraderie.”
Fred Voss

“Mandy Coe’s poems make us see things: they transfigure that world-around-us we think we know but really only half-see.”
Literary Arts

Books by Shoestring Press:

There Will Be Cherries


The Weight of Cows