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James Berry's poems take you back to the noises, sights and smells of his Jamaican childhood. James...

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by Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay (b. 1961) is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays, whose subtle...

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by Brian Patten

Brian Patten (b. 1946) has written many books of poetry for adults and children, as well as prose...

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Andrew Fusek Peters (b. 1965), the tallest poet in the UK, has written more than 45 books for...

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The Land of the Bumbly Boo

by Spike Milligan

Terence Alan Milligan, known as 'Spike' (1918-2002) dedicated his life to making people laugh,...

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by Fred Sedgwick

Fred Sedgwick writes thoughtful, funny poetry for children, taking in as he does so a wide range of...

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Simon Armitage

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A tour of the archive with Roger Stevens's tour

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