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Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

b. 1963

Simon Armitage (b. 1963) burst onto the poetry scene with Zoom! in 1989 and quickly established himself as the most high-profile poet in the group dubbed 'The New Generation'. Born and brought up in...
Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig

b. 1954

Ian Duhig (b. 1954) was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for poetry. He has won the National Poetry Competition twice, and also the Forward Prize for Best Poem; his...
Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore

b. 1952 d. 2017

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the second of four children, her father the eldest of twelve. As she said herself "In a large family you hear a great many stories," a grounding which influenced her...
William Empson

William Empson

b. 1906 d. 1984

William Empson (1906-1984) is best remembered as one of the most important and idiosyncratic literary critics of the 20th Century but he was also an influential poet whose output, though small, was...

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A tour of the Archive with Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Isaac Rosenberg

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Samuel Johnson

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