Joe Cushnan
Joe Cushnan

All About Joe Cushnan

Joe Cushnan is a freelance writer of books on business, cinema and poetry, as well as a regular contributor of features and book reviews to various publications. His latest book of fun verse is called “Juggling Jelly”.
Joe has enjoyed a long career in retailing and has drawn many stories and poetry ideas from his experiences in a fast moving, unpredictable industry.  He has lived and worked in Belfast, Manchester, in and around London, in the Yorkshire Dales, Nottingham, Sheffield and Worksop.
After redundancy, Joe Cushnan used his newly acquired “spare time” to write in tandem with employment searches. He has a growing portfolio of books and other media contributions and likes to write about business ideas, poetry and books on three separate blogs, trying to add new writing every day to keep them interesting and vibrant.
He now works as a freelance writer, a senior examinations invigilator and business improvement advisor as and when projects come up. The greatest buzz in his management career has been in presenting challenging, informative and fun training and development workshops to a variety of audiences. His invigilator role has added a new dimension to his skills through his work with large audiences of students.
In the past Joe enjoyed a supporting “expert” role in a number of Young Enterprise school workshops and found the experiences very satisfying as he is passionate about continuous learning and individual development.

Joe’s School Visits

After nearly four decades of designing, writing and presenting training sessions and workshops in his business career, Joe is confident that whilst he is relatively new to classroom and assembly hall events, he knows he can contribute significantly to education and learning on a variety of subjects. As Senior Examination Invigilator for the past five years, he has interacted with students from year 7 to post-16.

He took part in a Preparation For Working Life event at a local school as a business expert, coaching students in job applications and job interviews.
His approach to assignments is to be professional, reliable, well-prepared and respectful of his audiences.
Through his published work in newspapers and magazines, Joe is adept at working to assignment briefs and timescales and will tailor events to a schools needs.
Joe is more than happy to talk about business generally, management and leadership specifically and has a number of true, but funny tales to share about customer service and other aspects of retailing. He believes business students would benefit from his practical knowledge of the workplace. He loves writing poetry and has a number of word games to involve students in structure, rhyme and reading aloud. He likes to write funny poems and often starts with a punchline as the foundation for building a poem from there. He believes students in years 7 to 10 especially would benefit from having creative fun with words.
Example agendas for Joe’s school visits:

1. A talk/lecture on business or poetry with readings from my books. This session can be delivered to audiences of any size.

2. A business management/customer service workshop with audience participation plus readings from my books – half day/full day. This workshop can be delivered to up to 30 students at a time, although larger groups can be considered.

3. A poetry workshop with audience participation on how to write poetry, how to have fun with rhyming words and how to enjoy reading poems out loud, with readings from my books. This workshop can be delivered to up to 30 students at a time, although larger groups can be considered.

4. A talk for creative/performing arts students on one actor’s journey from humble beginnings to the heights of Hollywood based on my book Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood. This session can be delivered to audiences of any size.

Full agenda’s including agreed breaks can be tailored according to the schools wishes.


Ideally, Joe would require schools to provide a white board, a flip chart/stand/coloured pens and a laptop/projector/screen.

Joe’s Books

juggling jelly

Juggling Jelly – funny poems

“Kept my two kids engaged for more than an hour in the car – now that’s a positive review if ever there was one!” Kerry McLean

a belfast kid

A Belfast Kid – biographical poems about growing up in Belfast


“Loved the personal memories of A Belfast Kid – many people can relate to these poems written from the heart.” Mary Moorehead

jack elam

Jack Elam
I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life” – poems and reflections from a lifelong love of western films and TV shows


Poems Because Of The Music” – a collection of poems about pop music

hamish sheaney

“Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature” – funny poems

much calamity and the redundance kid

Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid” – an offbeat look, from personal experience, of redundancy and job loss, with practical advice on how to cope.


retail confidential

“Retail Confidential” – stories from my career in retailing and practical advice for managers

“I found this book a great insight into the world of retail. The author was open and honest about situations and how he dealt with customers throughout his career.” Sheila Butler

“Having spent over 30 years in retailing myself, I can thoroughly recommend this book by Joe Cushnan. It is honest, witty and SO accurate. A wonderful and very informative read.” Tom McGarrity

“A great book written in an eloquent and witty style, punchy and no flannel. A great read for anyone connected with or interested in a career in retail or customer service.” Nigel Wilson

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Joe Cushnan, 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