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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 2015, once again, the most borrowed poetry book in UK Libraries was Pam’s most recent book, You Made Me Late Again.

The English humourist, now 69, is as popular as ever, with gems such as this one called Had a Little Work Done:

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 2015, once again, the most borrowed poetry book in UK Libraries was Pam’s most recent book, You Made Me Late Again.     The English humourist, now 69, is as popular as ever, with gems such as this one called Had a Little Work Done:

O Botox, O Botox, I’m ever so keen,
To look as I looked at the age of sixteen.
Induce paralysis, do as I ask,
Give me, O give me, a face like a mask.
O take up a surgical bicycle pump,
And give me some lips that are lovely and plump,
Young men will stagger and say ‘Oh my God!
Here comes Pam Ayres …and she looks like a cod!’

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.

Pam is still one of the most popular female comedians performing in UK theatres. Her 40th Anniversary Tour in 2015 saw Pam performing approximately 40 shows, which included headlining the Ledbury Poetry Festival, playing to a packed audience at the Hay Festival, and playing to standing room only in the Comedy Tent of the Cornbury Music Festival.

On TV in recent years Pam has appeared on programmes including PAUL O’GRADY, THE ONE SHOW, GARDENERS’ WORLD, QI, COUNTDOWN, and ALAN TITCHMARSH.
Pam is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, including JUST A MINUTE, LOOSE ENDS, and SATURDAY LIVE, and she has also recorded five series her own programme, AYRES ON THE AIR.
Pam has toured Australia and New Zealand regularly over the past 40 years, and she is one of the few solo comediennes to have performed in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
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.

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.

Pam is still one of the most popular female comedians performing in UK theatres.    Her 40th Anniversary Tour in 2015 saw Pam performing approximately 40 shows, which included headlining the Ledbury Poetry Festival, playing to a packed audience at the Hay Festival, and playing to standing room only in the Comedy Tent of the Cornbury Music Festival.

 On TV in recent years Pam has appeared on programmes including PAUL O’GRADY, THE ONE SHOW, GARDENERS’ WORLD, QI, COUNTDOWN, and ALAN TITCHMARSH.

Pam is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, including JUST A MINUTE, LOOSE ENDS, and SATURDAY LIVE, and she has also recorded five series her own programme, AYRES ON THE AIR.

Pam has toured Australia and New Zealand regularly over the past 40 years, and she is one of the few solo comediennes to have performed in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

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.

 

Pam Ayres always wanted to be a writer.   The youngest of a family of six children, Pam was born in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire, during the long cold winter of 1947.   After leaving school Pam joined the civil service as a clerical assistant, a job in which she soon lost interest, and which prompted her to join the Women’s Royal Air Force.   It was while Pam was in the WRAF that she developed her love of singing and acting.

On leaving the WRAF Pam set out to achieve her ambition of becoming an entertainer.   By this time her poems had become a hobby, written and performed for the local folk club in Oxfordshire, to where she had returned to live and work as a secretary.   In 1974, a friend arranged for her to go to the local radio station, BBC Radio Oxford, to read one of her poems.  Pam’s first broadcast for Radio Oxford, in 1974, was selected for BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week, and subsequently repeated on the 1974 Pick of the Year programme, by which time Radio Oxford had asked Pam to return and recite some more of her poems.

In 1975, after much prodding from friends, Pam decided to audition for TV’s Opportunity Knocks.   Since then Pam has appeared on many major TV shows in the UK, has had her own TV series, and filmed Christmas TV Specials in Hong Kong and Canada. Pam appeared on the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium in 1977, to celebrate HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee.   In October 1996, Pam performed part of her stage show at a Royal Gala Charity Reception at St. James’ Palace, attended by HM The Queen, and she entertained HM The Queen again, in the somewhat less august premises of the Sandringham WI in January 2004.   Subsequently, Pam was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004.

Since 1975 Pam Ayres has sold many millions of books, record albums, CDs, and DVDs.   She 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.

Pam was recently commissioned by the BBC to write a poem to celebrate Team GB’s success at the Rio Olympics – and the resulting poem can be seen under the ‘Poems’ section.

 

September 2016

“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