Robert Browning was born in South London in 1812. He was largely self-educated, utilising his...

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by James Berry - Children's Poems

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

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Brendon Gallacher

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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by Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems

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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Adrian Mitchell

In this interview Adrian Mitchell, the UK's alternative Poet Laureate, makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry. He also discusses how he gets ideas for his poems, where he writes them and for whom...
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