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Joseph Coelho, Allison Colpoys

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Joseph Coelho, performance poet and playwright, grew up in a tower block in one of London's last villages, Roehampton.

He started writing poetry at secondary school, poems about how he was feeling, poems about life at school, angry poems, sad poems, funny poems and sometimes he would share those poems with students in his drama class.

After school he studied archaeology but he still wrote poems and started directing and writing plays. His jobs after university ranged from being a gym instructor to a salesman and even a film extra, and he kept writing.

Then he discovered a performance poetry course at Battersea Arts Centre being run by Performance Poetry Organisation, Apples and Snakes, and began to run creative writing workshops in schools and to write plays for theatres.

His plays have received special note from The Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. He has written plays for young people for Theatre Royal York, Pied Piper, Polka and The Unicorn Theatres.

His debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, was published by Frances Lincoln and won the CLPE Poetry Award 2015.


Allison Colpoys is an award-winning book designer and illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography.

Allison's first illustrated picture book, The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade, won two Australian Book Design Awards, an Australian Book Industry Award and the CBCA's Chrichton Award for the Best New Talent.

If All the World is her first book for Lincoln Children's Books. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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If All the World Were...