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BBC - (none) - Potting On - Stones". www.bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008 . Retrieved 27 February 2008. Pam Ayres' early childhood in Stanford in the Vale was idyllic in many ways, and typical of that experienced by a great swathe of children born in rural areas in the immediate post-war years. Though her parents' generation was harrowed by war, better times were coming. Everything the family needed was within walking distance in the village, and life with four older brothers and a sister in their crowded council house was exceedingly lively. In March 2021 a new edition of Pam’s book, With These Hands, was re-issued by Ebury Press/Penguin Books. First published in 1997, this book includes many of Pam’s most popular earlier poems including Yes I’ll Marry You My Dear, Will I Have To Be Sexy at Sixty, The Wonderbra, and How Can That Be My Baby?

In September 2021, her TV series The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres premiered on Channel 5. Each episode features a special guest and ends with Pam reciting a short, uplifting verse summing up her adventures. In 2022, the programme was recommissioned as The Cotswolds and Beyond with Pam Ayres, [22] as the programme expanded its remit to have Ayres visit the market town of Pershore to meet Toyah Willcox, [23] [24] as well as going to the Henley Regatta with Steve Redgrave, the Dean Forest Railway and the gardens at Highgrove, where she met the then Prince of Wales. [25] Influence [ edit ] Hidden beyond the bluebell woods and babbling brooks, there is great unrest in our countryside. In this lyrical satire, Pam Ayres highlights the undercurrents simmering beyond the patchwork of fields. We meet the angry fishermen who can't afford to live in their own villages, the indignant farmers who get the blame for everything and the old man grieving for the unspoilt village of his youth. The animals have their say too, from the persecuted grey squirrel who didn't want to leave America anyway, the barn owl mourning his now-converted ancient barn, and the humble maligned mole, all of whom come together and demand to know: Who Are You Calling Vermin? Read more Details The Cotswolds & Beyond with Pam Ayres: Air date destinations | Worcestershire News Online". 24 August 2022. In September 2006, the BBC's Magazine Monitor's "10 Things...", claimed, though without providing details, to have learnt that week ( 1-8 Sep) that Bob Dylan inspired Ayres to write poetry. [11] However, although Ayres has often spoken of her admiration of Dylan, [12] [13] in a 2015 interview, she stated that "I don't know that he [Dylan] ever was the inspiration to start writing poetry... I certainly loved him." [14] I met my husband on broadway... Lewisham Broadway' | lady.co.uk". lady.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 July 2021 . Retrieved 25 July 2021.Pam Ayres is celebrated in the UK (and far beyond) as a favourite radio, TV and stage entertainer; it is impossible to read her comic poems without hearing her voice in your head. She says that she wrote them to be proclaimed out loud with gusto. Since 2002, Ayres has appeared a number of times on Channel 4 in Countdown's Dictionary Corner alongside Susie Dent.

Pam Ayres was born in Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire (now administered as part of Oxfordshire), the youngest of six children (having four elder brothers and a sister) of Stanley and Phyllis Ayres. Her father worked for 44 years as a linesman for the Southern Electricity Board, having been a sergeant in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War. Ayres considered her upbringing "a country childhood"; she was raised in one of a row of small council houses. [2] [3] [4] In 2009, she made her first appearance on the BBC TV programme, QI. In 2011 she said in a Daily Telegraph magazine interview that she was "about to go on my 14th tour of Australia".John Cooper Clarke interview: 'Poetry is not something you have to retire from' ". The Guardian. 5 April 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2021 . Retrieved 16 August 2021. BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Pam Ayres". BBC. Archived from the original on 16 August 2021 . Retrieved 12 August 2018. In 2007, Ayres acted in a radio sitcom, Potting On for Radio 4, co-starring Geoffrey Whitehead. [19] She wrote and recorded six series of her Radio 4 programme Ayres on the Air, the latest of which was broadcast in 2018. [18] [20]

Rees, Jasper (7 October 2022). "Pam Ayres gets a royal treat – a tour of Highgrove from King Charles himself". The Telegraph.Lewis, Roz (20 September 2011). "Pam Ayres reveals why Birmingham put her off Bob Dylan". Birmingham Mail . Retrieved 13 April 2022. I adored Dylan when I was 17, but I don't love him any more.

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 her late teens, Pam grew dissatisfied with her life as a Civil Service clerk with only the local 'hop' for scintillating excitement. Having seen three of her brothers called up for National Service and sent off to exciting destinations, Pam felt desperate for travel and adventure. She joined the WRAF and soon found herself in the Far East. There she began to write in earnest, and develop the unique talent that would make her one of Britain's favourite comics...

a b c Plomley, Roy (29 September 1979). "Pam Ayres". Desert Island Discs. BBC . Retrieved 13 April 2022. (from 12m0s on) I settled down to live in Witney, I had a flat there, a little flat. And then I started to go the local folk club, which is where I used to listen to all this wonderful folk music I'm so keen on. And then I started to write poems, because I wanted to stand up and do something, and my singing voice is not that hot. So I had a few poems, and I wrote a few more, and I used to stand up and recite those in the folk club, and as a result of that, anybody who was organising something charitable in the area tended to say "Would you come along too, Pam, and give us one of your famous poems?" And I had a T-shirt with 'Famous Broadcasting Personality' written across the front, so I used to put my FBP T on and recite some poems, and as a result of these charitable dos, a friend had a friend at Radio Oxford, and this friend said "Would you like me to suggest you for Radio Oxford?" & I said "Yes, please." The Magazine Monitor". 8 September 2006. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009 . Retrieved 16 August 2021– via news.bbc.co.uk.

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