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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.
Anonymous is a well-known and prolific poet. Many of the traditional folk ballads we know today may have begun as songs sung by wandering minstrels,for which authorship was unimportant.
Dannie Abse (1923-2014) was a poet, playwright and novelist whose literary career spanned half a century, the first of his fourteen collections of poetry, After Every Green Thing, being published in 1948, his latest collected appearing in 2
Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809, the son of poverty-stricken actors.
Fergus Allen was born in London in 1921, of an Anglo-Irish father and an English mother.
Fleur Adcock (b.1934) is a New Zealander by birth but spent part of her childhood in England, returning to live in London in 1963. She worked as a librarian until 1979 before becoming a freelance writer.
A unique and energetic force in contemporary British poetry, John Agard's poems combine acute social observation, puckish wit and a riotous imagination to thrilling effect.
A native of Rochester, New York, John Ashbery (1927 - 2017) was the prolific author of twenty three volumes of poetry, plus fiction, plays and criticism.
Margaret Atwood (b. 1939) is familiar to readers all over the world as the author of some of the finest and most influential fiction of the last few decades.
Matthew Arnold was born in 1822, the son of the celebrated headmaster of Rugby, Thomas Arnold.
Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, came to England when she was a few months old, and grew up in Hatfield. The experience she describes in her recording of 'growing up... and feeling half-Pakistani...
Pam Ayres is celebrated in the UK (and far beyond) as a favourite radio, TV and stage entertainer; it is impossible to read her comic poems without hearing her voice in your head.
Patience Agbabi is a poet much celebrated for paying equal homage to literature and performance.
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'.
Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) is one of the most influential voices in 20th Century poetry.