I never really think of myself as a poet, more as a comedian who uses verse.I think I have been successful because my main aim is to make people laugh, which is one of the great delights in life.) and b) does she realise that by that one reading she has spawned an entire generation of devoted tooth-brushers?! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, it certainly seems to have stood the test of time. Q: I was quite depressed today by a news story about bookshops disappearing from the High Street.So it's lovely to have a reminder that poetry can not only be appreciated in this day and age - but be incredibly successful too. Also I would love to know what her favourite poem is (her own - though would be lovely to know which ones she loves by other people too if that's not being too greedy with my questions).Her poems have been printed in school textbooks in several countries.She's also regularly appeared on radio programmes like Just a Minute and Loose Ends. Her poem 'Oh I wish I'd looked after my teeth' was voted into the top 10 of a BBC poll to find Britain's Favourite Comic Poems.I have never felt drawn to 'serious' poetry, as I feel there is enough to depress us in life, and much of it is very gloomy and introspective.
Of course the fastest way to get more women on is to let them be the hosts. I am sure there are many many women who had similar experiences in many walks of life. Pam joined us to talk about her new memoir, The Necessary Aptitude, performing for the Queen and TV talent contests.Q: Like many I have never forgotten her recital of I Wish I'd Looked After My Teeth on Blue Peter in the 70s. I'd love to know a) what are her teeth really like (can I ask that?! If what you say about the entire generation of tooth-brushers is true, I feel deeply gratified.Being cheerful as a default position usually makes the bad times easier to bear. We are the place for seniors and older crowd to talk and mingle.