Pam Ayres - Comic Poet
Way back in the 1980s, back in New Zealand, my parents purchased a book of poems and a record LP of an English entertainer named Pam Ayres.
For some unknown reason, today she just popped into my brain. I haven't heard or seen anything about her for many years. Certainly not since 1985. So I decided to find out what she was up and if she was even still alive. Thank goodness for the Internet.
Anyway, YES - Pam Ayres is still alive and she is still writing and recording poems. So I thought I would make this lens so I can introduce you to her funny poems and monologues and so that we don't forget her.
Picture Source - Copyright Pam Ayres - Source Crescent Theatre
They Should Have Asked my Husband
As I was making this lens, I was doing some research on Youtube and found this poem. This is the first time I have ever heard this poem. Pam has not changed a bit - except for getting older. This seems to be a very popular poem.
Some of me poetry (and songs)
This is the book cover that I remember. I believe it was originally published in 1976. Then a second volume of poems came out in 1978. The second one was called Some More of Me Poetry. The poems I remember are as follows
The Dolly On The Dustcart
The Spot Welder's Dream
The Secretary's Song
I Am A Cunning Vending Machine
How I Loved You Ethel Preedy
The Husband's Lament
Puddings - A Slice Of Nostalgia
Peeping Tom - Trad. Arr. - Pam Ayres
I Fell For A Black And White Minstrel
Henery My Son - Trad. Arr. - Pam Ayres
Little Lawrence Greenaway
Over the last 35 years, Pam has sold well over 2 million books. That is very good for a poet.
I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth
This video has 2 poems, neither of which I have ever heard before.
I wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth
The Voice At The Foot Of The Stairs
Pam Ayres is married and has 2 sons.
Pam Ayres Biography
Pam Ayres was born and raised in Berkshire, England. After leaving school at age 15, she joined the civil service (what we called federal government) as a secretary and then later joined the women's air force - the WRAF I think. While she was in the WRAF, she discovered her love for entertaining and singing.
So she began by writing some poems and later began reading them at pubs and folk clubs around Oxfordshire. In 1974 Pam was invited to read on the local BBC station. That recording was aired nationally and was later chosen as a BBC Pick of the Year.
In the 1970s British TV had a talent show called Opportunity Knocks. (the forerunner of today's Britains Got Talent). In 1975 Pam appeared on Opportunity Knocks. In the years since, she has published 6 books of her original poems, made several recordings of her poems, toured England performing her one woman stage show, hosted her own show on TV and performed in front of Queen Elizabeth 2.
Pam's biography, called The Necessary Aptitude, is due to be released from Random House on October 1, 2011.
Photo - Source - The List
To find out more about Pam Ayres
- Pam Ayres
- 5 things you might not know about Pam Ayres
A List about Pam Ayres - dated March 2010
Have you seen or heard Pam Ayres?
Norma Holt from Australia on September 12, 2014:
Great character and very funny lady. She made an appearance recently on Qi with Stephen Fry. This is a nice tribute to her.
Doc_Holliday on December 12, 2013:
I went to one of her shows. She was an absolute hoot. Has the ability to be very funny without having to resort to smut.
anonymous on May 01, 2013:
Just like you, I enjoyed an LP with Pam's poems on it, and I saw her on television occasionally. I believe she was on the radio a few times also. We used to laugh so hard at her funny poems. I think the accent just makes them all the funnier. This was a wonderful memory.
Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on February 26, 2013:
I've seen a lot of her stuff, she's very witty and talented. Some of the poetry on my lenses, I hope, is styled like hers. She made verse popular again. I just hope that, one day, my books might be as popular as hers - though that is probably wishful thinking.
seosmm on January 01, 2013:
Had never heard of her before, but she's quite talented. Great to watch!
kcsantos on December 30, 2012:
I haven't heard of her but after watching her videos in your lens I'm quite interested to watch and hear more from her. Thank you for sharing this. I have another discovery on spoken word.
John Tannahill from Somewhere in England on June 23, 2012:
It's funny, things like that pop into my brain too. Things like the Singing Postman from Norwich - 'ave you a loigt boy' - I don't suppose you know that one.
Thanks for a very funny blast from the past.
Helene-Malmsio on June 18, 2012:
I love Pam Ayres - she used to tour in Australia and I saw her on TV a few times - what a great laugh she is!
dave-sutton on June 14, 2012:
I remember seeing her on Opportunity Knocks and everyone thought she was so funny. One of the few good things I could say about my first wife was that she could do a good Pam Ayres impersonation
maraga on June 13, 2012:
desa999 lm on December 11, 2011:
Thanks for reminding us about this lovely person. she used to be a regular on our TV shows
Ben Reed from Redcar on December 11, 2011:
Just love Pam Ayres....
anonymous on December 05, 2011:
Have to bless you and Pam...
anonymous on December 05, 2011:
Absolutely delightfully done....thank you for a wonderful fan tribute to Pam Ayres and her poetry!
Brian Stephens from France on November 08, 2011:
I remember her and her west country lilt very well indeed. A very funny lady discovered by Hughie Green.
stuartqwh on October 27, 2011:
I remember seeing Pam Ayers on Opportunity Knocks on her first television appearance.
That was an awfully long time ago!
Helene-Malmsio on October 04, 2011:
I remember seeing Pam Ayres on TV all the time in the '80s. I wonder why she is not still being shown on TV as goodness knows some talent would be a nice change to see on it!
Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 14, 2011:
I just came back to tweet this lens to everyone. I hope that it gets more attention. It, you and she(Pam Ayres) deserve to be noticed.
Pam Ayres, I believe, may be related to me through my father. His mother/my grandmother's maiden name was Ayres and they came from Ireland.
Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 09, 2011:
I have never heard About Pam Ayres before. I loved the poem ' They Should Have Asked My Husband.' I played it for my husband and he enjoyed it too. I just want to let you know that the poem wasn't written about him either. :D
anonymous on August 25, 2011:
During my 20's I lived on an off the grid farm in Jindabyne NSW. We could only watch TV for a couple of hours each evening. We could only get one channel - The ABC. I certainly remember Pam Ayres she was a hit back then and I'm pleased to hear she still goes at it!
julietarot lm on July 18, 2011:
I remember seeing Pam Ayres on the telly in the 70s and I remember hearing her recite 'I wish I'd looked after me teeth..'. Nice lens as a tribute to Pam.