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Coral Rumble
Coral Rumble

All About Coral Rumble

Coral has worked as a poet and performer for many years, and now specializes in writing and performing for children.  She was featured in “Favourite Poets” published by Hodder Children’s Books.  Michael Rosen has commented, “Rumble has a dash and delight about her work”.

In addition to her own collections, you will find Coral’s work in various anthologies and trade books and, as a football fan, she is very proud that one of her poems was included in a poetry exhibition at the National Football Museum in Preston! In the past she has contributed to the National Poetry Day resources for schools, produced by the Poetry Society, and has served as part of the Poetry Society (Education) advisory group. Coral is Poetry Editor for the Writers’ Advice Centre in London.

In addition, Coral has delivered inset training for teachers, both independently, and on behalf of the Poetry Society and British Council, and works regularly on education projects, with all age groups, around the country. Coral has   performed and led workshops at a variety of venues, the grandest venue being Buckingham Palace!

Coral is one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies TV programmes, ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. She is also the writer of the Pinkasaurus stories broadcast on Cbeebies Radio.

More recently, Coral teamed up with her illustrator daughter, Charlotte Cooke. Their first picture book together, The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, was long listed for the ‘Oscar’s First Book Prize’ award.


Coral’s School Visits

Coral loves performing and leading workshops, and aims to build the confidence of the children, as they play with words and write poems. The main intention is to help the pupils understand what poetry is all about, and to have a lot of fun along the way! The day often starts with a whole school performance, to get the children excited about the individual class sessions to come. In schools where there is a well-developed family learning programme, parents can be invited in to take part in some activities, related to the visit.

Coral is always happy to discuss with schools what they’d like to achieve from the visit, but if a school is unsure of what they want, she is currently offering the following set workshops: –

Adventure Poems – KS1

Largely based on Coral’s picture book ‘The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat’, this session introduces young children to rhyme and basic storytelling.

Jumping Jungle – Lower KS2

This workshop encourages word play, introduces the concept of working in a line unit, and builds confidence, as children write creature poems.


Hectic Poetics – Upper KS2

This session explores the art of writing poetry, using a series of fast and fun writing activities, leading to poem writing.


What Makes a Poem a Poem? Lower KS3

This workshop unpacks the art of poetry, and encourages the writing of poems in a fun, non-threatening way. This is especially suitable for children who lack confidence in their writing.


Workshop sessions are usually: –

20-30 mins N/Reception (or 1 hour for Rhymes and Role Play)

30-40 mins Yrs1&2 (or 1 hour for Rhymes and Role Play)

45-60mins Yrs3&4

45-60mins Yrs5&6

60+ minutes for older children and young people.


These times can be adjusted to suit each school. Coral prefers to work with class size groups, as her workshops are very interactive, but group size is negotiable.

Coral has worked on many Poetry Residencies, from a matter of weeks to almost a year, and is happy to discuss all possibilities with schools.

Primary School Teachers’ INSET

Never before has there been such a strong emphasis on teaching poetry in primary schools, especially as an oral art. The New Curriculum has upped the game, and with it, the blood pressure of teachers. This one-day course is designed to reduce the anxiety levels of classroom teachers, as they become more informed about how to deliver what is now expected. The course covers the subjects: –


What is Poetry All About, Anyway?

What Should Children be Looking for in a Poem?

What Should Children be Listening for in a Poem?

Verse Forms, Patterns and Frames

Learning By Heart – Memory, Interpretation and Fun!

Getting Practical – ideas for Lessons.


Coral’s Books

Coral has had three collections published, two of which were featured in the ‘Best Books’ supplement of Junior Education Mag, and were selected as ‘choices’ by The Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. She has recently had a picture book published, too, and has contributed to around 150 anthologies for children.

Breaking the Rules

“A super collection of poems about familiar events in everyday life – sometimes gently subversive – often with underlying citizenship themes. ‘Breaking the Rules’ features both in obvious ways and also unexpectedly, as readers are encouraged to think about being different, how to cope with peer pressure, prejudice, bullying and responsibility.

Teachers will welcome this collection, that includes both fun and challenging poems, with many that break the rules of conventional layouts, in the form of shape poems, picture poems, tanka, cinquains and haiku.”


My Teacher’s as Wild as a Bison

‘My Teacher’s as Wild as a Bison’ focuses on the world outside, and covers such subjects as wildcats, crows, a rock face, caves, and Loch Ness. Throughout there is great inventiveness, lots of use of shape writing, varied poem lengths, and good use of rhyme. Energy flows throughout the book. Nigel Baines contributes comic illustrations, but above all there’s Coral Rumble’s ability to communicate atmosphere and a sense of place –


‘In the echo of the cave,

In the belly of the hill,

I can hear the planet’s pulse

As I stand so vey still…’


The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day and these are the things that they saw… Join two curious children on a quirky adventure, loosely based on the classic Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat​.​

I really enjoyed this twist on a classic. The illustrations are beautiful and full of quirky little details and jokes which I enjoyed spotting. The rhythm and rhyme of the words, are sure to delight young listeners, and the story will inspire their imaginations…”


Reviews and Recommendations

“Coral’s poetry workshops enriched the entire school. At a class level she was professional, encouraging, creative and inspiring. As a result, the school encouraged her to take part in a whole school assembly where feedback from teachers, parents and children was excellent. We would welcome Coral back anytime with open arms.”

Brid Mc Daid – literacy coordinator

St. Agnes RC School, Bow


“If you want an inspiring, stimulating and fun packed day, then Coral Rumble is the person to book. Everyone, from pupils to staff, was inspired to write poetry, read poetry, perform poetry, but above all, enthuse about poetry following Coral’s day with us at The Oaktree School. It was the highlight of our literacy calendar.”

Jane Davenport – deputy headteacher

The Oaktree School, Woking


“The children thoroughly enjoyed Coral Rumble’s visit during literacy week. They laughed out loud during her readings and could be heard reciting their favourite bits days after her departure. Highly recommended.”

Jo Ramkissoon – literacy coordinator

Days Lane Primary School, Sidcup


“Coral Rumble worked in partnership with the Hermitage school community on a poetry project. It was a valuable learning experience for the staff and children to have her amongst them. The whole school community was enriched by her visit and workshops. She managed to instill in the children an enthusiasm for poetry writing and performing. The children and adults loved watching her recite her poems. She made them come alive. All workshops done by her were suited to the children’s age and needs. They were planned and done in collaboration with the teachers concerned. Her commitment to the project and professionalism were commendable. She won many a heart with her warm personality.”

Preet Serai – literacy coordinator

Hermitage Primary School, Wapping

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Coral, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at