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Pam Ayres Facts

Updated on April 22, 2013

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. There is also one extra verse in the video that is NOT in the link. This link will take you to where you can read the words. I believe this live theatre recording was performed in 2004.

Books of Pam Ayres Poetry and Comedy

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

Honey

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

and

The Voice At The Foot Of The Stairs

Pam Ayres is married and has 2 sons.

Pam Ayres March 2010
Pam Ayres March 2010

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.

If you jump in fast, you can get a signed copy with NO P&P (that means free shipping) if you purchase before midnight GMT, September 14th, 2011. That is just 2 months from now - today being July 17, 2011.

Photo - Source - The List

Akaroa Cannon

And I have to show you this poem because its all about Akaroa - a small french village - just outside of Christchurch - in New Zealand. Are you shocked?? Yes this is the same Christchurch that has been severely damaged by earthquakes recently. (2010 and 2011) And NO - most kiwi children are NOT taught in school that the French did attempt to settle New Zealand first. I was certainly never told that in school.

Some more of Pam's poems and songs

These are links to any of Pam's more recent poems that I find online.

Goodwill To Men - Give Us Your Money

Have you seen or heard Pam Ayres?

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      Norma Holt 3 years ago from Australia

      Great character and very funny lady. She made an appearance recently on Qi with Stephen Fry. This is a nice tribute to her.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      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.

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Had never heard of her before, but she's quite talented. Great to watch!

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      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.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      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.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      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!

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      dave-sutton 5 years ago

      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

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      maraga 5 years ago

      good lens

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for reminding us about this lovely person. she used to be a regular on our TV shows

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago from Redcar

      Just love Pam Ayres....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have to bless you and Pam...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely delightfully done....thank you for a wonderful fan tribute to Pam Ayres and her poetry!

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      I remember her and her west country lilt very well indeed. A very funny lady discovered by Hughie Green.

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      stuartqwh 6 years ago

      I remember seeing Pam Ayers on Opportunity Knocks on her first television appearance.

      That was an awfully long time ago!

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      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!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      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.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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!

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      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.