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, You Made Me Late Again!, and Up In The Attic. 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’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was the UK’s bestselling female autobiography of 2011.
In May 2018 The Last Hedgehog, was published by Picador, 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 latest poetry book, Up In The Attic, was published in hardback by Ebury Books in September 2019, and will be released in paperback in August 2020.
Recent TV appearances have included:
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 last 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 BirthdayHonours of 2004.
Over the past few years Pam has spoken at several WI County Centenary Events, the smallest event was for about 700 people, and the largest was 1800.
She has also spoken at the Royal Geographical Society for the Countryside Restoration Trust, where she spoke about her interest and activities in Nature Conservation and Gardening for Wildlife.
Pam has spoken in the presence of HM The Queen, on two occasions when she was the sole speaker.
She is also a regular speaker on Cruise trips and innumerable Literary Festivals over the years.