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James Berry - Children's Poems

James Berry Children's Poems

b. 1924 d. 2017

James Berry's poems take you back to the noises, sights and smells of his Jamaican childhood. James was born in 1924 in a small village surrounded by fields and fruit trees. Through his writing James...
Mandy Coe

Mandy Coe

Based in the north-west of England, Mandy Coe writes poetry for adults and children. A Hawthornden Fellow, she is winner of several prizes, including the Ilkley and Ted Waters Memorial Prize. She was...
Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins' poetry for children is rich and varied in both form and subject; her three collections are bursting with everything from limericks to list poems, shape-poems to songs, and manage to...
Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney

b. 1962

Rachel Rooney was born in London, the fifth of six children, and now lives in Brighton, Sussex. She trained and works as a special needs teacher, along with visiting schools for poetry readings and...

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A tour of the Archive with Catherine Olver

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Enjoy new recordings of classic poems from the past read by contemporary poets

When that I was and a...

William Shakespeare

read by Glyn Maxwell

Fears in Solitude

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

read by Kit Wright