The Last Hedgehog
A special edition illustrated poem from the beloved Pam Ayres to celebrate National Hedgehog Awareness Week.
When I say that Pam Ayres ought to be the Oxford Professor of Poetry, even the Poet Laureate, I am not being facetious ... Ayres uses simple verse forms - comic ballads or folk song idioms - to make poignant observations about tiresome husbands, gossiping wives, false teeth or battery hens. I find her work sweet and sour, gentle and sad, and often very moving in its wistful way. * Daily Mail * Her humour, which verges on the black at times, is contagious and so original * Daily Telegraph * A national treasure. There are clear comparisons between Pam and Sir John Betjeman * Daily Express * Pam Ayres has a quality of fun which glows ever more brightly as newer, lesser entertainers make their bid for stardom. * The Scotsman * Pam Ayres, the bestselling poet, writes as rhapsodically about the Wonderbra as Wordsworth did about daffodils. * 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 *
Pam Ayres has been a regular on television and radio since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975 - on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Pam is one of Britain's best-loved personalities and was awarded the MBE in 2004.