Overheard in a Tower Block


Poetry is the most accessible literary form. Brevity of text and the need to tell the story through visual images and experiences enables poets to create a page that is immediate and recognisable. The poems in Joseph Coelho’s ‘Overheard in a Tower Block‘ are personal, as in ‘Trainers‘ (fears that the trainers gifted by his father will not be perfect after a day’s wear), or ‘Crockery‘ (escaping the tirade of plates thrown from an overhead neighbour’s balcony). They offer glimpses of the poet’s thoughts and feelings that invite us to compare and consider. The poetry is direct, telling, raw and real.

Bookwagon recommends ‘Overheard in a Tower Block‘ to readers aged from 11 years. It is a superb poetry collection, often hard-hitting, but always real and approachable.


Overheard in a Tower Block

Poems by Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Kate Milner

(Otter-Barry Books)

‘Overheard in a Tower Block‘ offers a selection of personal, observational, experiential poetry. It is Joseph Coelho’s 21st perspective of our lives. Children will cherish and love to read and re-read this wonderful collection. We love ‘Overheard in a Tower Block‘ and recommend it to readers of all ages.



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