Poets

The poets featured in our pamphlets are a mixture of contemporary and historical, well known and hardly known. Whilst our emphasis has tended to be on British poetry, our poets include Irish, American and Australian writers. We list them all below.

  • Abse, Dannie

    Abse, Dannie

    Dannie Abse (b1923) was born in Cardiff, Wales to a Jewish family. Although best known as a poet, Abse worked in medicine , and was a specialist at a chest clinic for over thirty years. In 2012 was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to poetry and literature.

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  • Adcock, Fleur

    Adcock, Fleur

    Fleur Adcock (b1934) was born in New Zealand.  She is an award-winning poet, who has also written libretti and is a regular contributor to, and editor and translator of, poetry anthologies.  She was awarded an OBE in 1996.  Recent collections are Poems 1960-2000 (2000) and Dragon Talk (2010), both published by Bloodaxe Books.

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  • Agard, John

    Agard, John

    John Agard (b 1949) is a Guyanese poet, author of several poetry collections for both adults and children, the latest being Clever Backbone (2009). He often writes in collaboration with his partner Grace Nichols, and lives in South East England. He has travelled throughout the world performing his poetry.


  • Ahlberg, Allan

    Ahlberg, Allan

    Allan Ahlberg (b.1938) is a popular and award-winning children’s author of over a hundred books, including storybooks, picture books and novels as well as poetry.

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  • Alvi, Moniza

    Alvi, Moniza

    Moniza Alvi (b1954) was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. She worked for some years as a secondary school teacher. Her poetry collections include Souls (2002), How the Stone Found Its Voice (2005) and Europa (2008), shortlisted for the 2008 T S Eliot Prize.


  • Arlott, John

    Arlott, John

    John Arlott (1914-1991) was a journalist, author and cricket commentator for BBC’s Test Match Special. He was a popular authority on cricket, and known for his poetic phraseology when commentating. He was also a former police officer, wine connoisseur and poet, awarded an OBE in 1970.

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