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Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

b. 1938

Allan Ahlberg (b. 1938) is one of Britain's best-loved children's writers. The author of over a hundred books, Allan has been delighting children of all ages for more than thirty years. Classic...
James Berry - Children's Poems

James Berry Children's Poems

b. 1924

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...
Valerie Bloom

Valerie Bloom

b. 1956

A Valerie Bloom reading is an uplifting experience, one that can coax even a shy British poetry audience into joyful participation, hands in the air to carry imaginary cake boxes, as they join in...
Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

b. 1916 d. 1990

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is one of the most successful children's writers in the world: around thirty million of his books have been sold in the U.K. alone. Children love his poems and stories because...
John Foster

John Foster

b. 1941

John Foster is one of the most highly regarded and successful contemporary children’s’ poets and poetry anthologists in the UK, and has countless publications to his name. Junior Education has...
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...
Philip Gross Children's Poems

Philip Gross Children's Poems

b. 1952

Philip Gross was born in 1952 in Delabole, North Cornwall, the only child of a wartime refugee from Estonia and the village schoolmaster's daughter. He began writing stories in junior school.
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Robert Hull

Robert Hull

Robert Hull has worked with poetry in schools for many years, and has published, amongst more than forty titles, five full-length collections of poetry. These include three collections of poetry for...
Wes Magee

Wes Magee

b. 1939

Wes Magee (b. 1939) was a teacher when he began writing his first poems. A boy in his class complained that there were no dinosaur poems, and Wes set out to write some for him, little realising he...
Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

b. 1918 d. 2002

Terence Alan Milligan, known as 'Spike' (1918-2002) dedicated his life to making people laugh, through his performances on radio and television, through his poems and memoirs, and often just by being...
Tony Mitton

Tony Mitton

b. 1951

Tony Mitton is one of the best children’s poets writing today. His first book, Plum appeared in 1998 and he has since published 14 more collections, his work appearing in numerous anthologies. He has...
Brian Moses

Brian Moses

b. 1950

Brian Moses (b. 1950) is one of Britain's favourite children's poets, for both his own poetry and the anthologies he has edited, and he has performed in over two thousand schools across the UK and...
Judith Nicholls

Judith Nicholls

b. 1941

Judith Nicholls (b. 1941) is one of Britain's best-known poets for children, with over 50 books published and more than 500 schools visited since 1985. She has also appeared on radio, TV, and has...
Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems

Andrew Fusek Peters Children's Poems

b. 1965

Andrew Fusek Peters (b. 1965), the tallest poet in the UK, has written more than 45 books for children, two of them nominated for the Carnegie Medal. His anthology Sheep Don't Go To School has been...
Joan Poulson

Joan Poulson

Joan Poulson grew up in south Lancashire. She works as writer, poet and visiting writer in schools. Her poetry includes Celebration (1995, UNICEF), Pictures in My Mind (Hodder, 1999) and Onetree...
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...
Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

b. 1946

Michael Rosen (b. 1946) says he became a children's poet by accident - "I thought I was being an ironic adult poet but children's literature 'claimed' me". He has since become a very well-known poet...
Fred Sedgwick

Fred Sedgwick

b. 1945

Fred Sedgwick writes thoughtful, funny poetry for children, taking in as he does so a wide range of subjects and locations. Some of these are familiar, observed close to home: a family are seen ‘...
Matthew Sweeney Children's Poems

Matthew Sweeney Children's Poems

b. 1952

Born in Donegal in Ireland (1952), Matthew Sweeney is one of the most original poets now writing for children. The author of eleven books of poetry for adults, he has written five collections of...
Kit Wright - Children's Poems

Kit Wright - Children's Poems

b. 1944

Kit Wright (b. 1944) is the author of more than twenty-five books, for both adults and children, and the winner of awards including an Arts Council Writers' Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize,...

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