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“Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life.”   (Mail on Sunday, June 2018)

Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s.   She is the author of several best-selling poetry collections, including The Works, With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced and You Made Me Late Again!. Many of her poems are in school textbooks around the world including the UK, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore.    In 2016, once again, the most borrowed poetry book in UK Libraries was Pam’s most recent book, You Made Me Late Again.

Pam’s most recent book, The Last Hedgehog, was published in May this year, and within two weeks went to No. 1 in the Sunday Times Bestseller list.   Beautifully illustrated by Alice Tait, the single poem sees our hero tell of all the terrible ends his family have come to at our own hands – and exactly what we can still do to keep them alive, and see them thrive once more.

Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was the UK’s bestselling female autobiography of 2011, and when her latest book of poetry, You Made Me Late Again! was first published in 2013, it went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists.

 Recent TV appearances have included:

  • BBC’s Springwatch,
  • BBC TV’s Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
  • one of the BBC1 TV series Women at War: 100 Years of Service, about Pam’s years in the Women’s Royal Air Force in the 1960s
  • BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind on BBC1 at Christmas 2017.

For BBC Radio, Pam has recorded six series of Ayres On the Air for BBC Radio 4, and she is a regular guest on Just A Minute.  Also for Radio 4, Pam is one of the comparatively few guests who have appeared twice on Desert Island Discs, the first time in 1979, and again this year.

Pam has appeared three times for HM The Queen – at the Silver Jubilee Royal Variety Performance in 1977, at a Royal Gala Charity Reception at St. James Palace in 1996, when Pam, as the only entertainer, performed part of her solo stage show, and finally at Sandringham Women’s Institute in 2004, when the Queen attended in her capacity as President of the Sandringham WI.   Subsequently, Pam was honoured to be awarded the MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004.


September 2018


“I keep smiling, remembering moments performed by the incredible @PamAyres at @CurveLeicester last night.   Laughed and cried in equal measure.   What a woman.”

Jo Hayward, BBC Radio Leicester, review of Pam on 18 September 2018


From the moment that Pam Ayres walked onto the stage, she captivated her audience – of 1400 people – with humour, wit, and a perfect sense of timing……….. This session was one of my highlights of Hay Festival this year, because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.“

Hay Festival – May 2015


“One of the fastest selling tickets at the Fringe, Pam Ayres’ appeal seems undiminished. Since her breakthrough appearance on TV’s Opportunity Knocks, the poet and broadcaster has been in showbusiness for more than 30 years. A bestseller and MBE, she continues to write and record, with a second series of Ayres On The Air broadcast on Radio 4 this year, and a third scheduled for 2007. These Fringe dates will be her debut appearance. “
Edinburgh Herald


“Pam Ayres has a quality of fun which glows ever more brightly as newer, lesser entertainers make their bid for stardom.”
The Scotsman


“Radio 4’s Just A Minute is, with the exception of Desert Island Discs, the most perfect programme for radio yet devised. Listen to PAM AYRES talking for a whole minute at midday today about her five-toed hen, without repetition, deviation or hesitation, and you will see that there is no reason it should not go on for another 38 years.”
Sunday Times

“Her humour, which verges on the black at times, is contagious and so original.”
The Telegraph

“Pam Ayres is a poet for the people. Her verse portrays a wicked sense of humour, and deals with subjects not normally thought to be worthy of poetry.”
Melbourne Herald Sun

“Pam Ayres, the bestselling poet, writes as rhapsodically about the Wonderbra as Wordsworth did about daffodils.”
The Guardian

“Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life.”
Sunday Times