John Hegley

John Hegley

The writer and performer John Hegley has been described as the Spike Milligan for our time, and as 'awesomely... read more
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Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe was born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English... more

Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies’ poems are of a startling clarity. The... more

Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee (b. 1939) has written more than thirty books of... more

Jackie Kay - Children's Poems

Jackie Kay (b. 1961) is an award-winning writer of fiction... more

John Mole Children's Poems

John Mole is one of our foremost children’s poets. He grew... more

Alasdair Gray

Writing in his 1990s study of Alasdair Gray’s novels,... more

Phyllis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the first US slave to publish a book... more

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809, the son of poverty-... more

Toni Stuart

Toni Stuart was born in Cape Town in 1983, and grew up in... more

Jim Carruth

Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, in 1963.... more

Jane McKie

Jane McKie’s is a poetry of wonder. But rather than... more

Tom Leonard

Direct, impassioned and rooted in the everyday language of... more

Historic recordings

Recordings by historic voices from poetry's past