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Alasdair Gray

b. 1934

Writing in his 1990s study of Alasdair Gray’s novels, Stephen Bernstein identifies Gray as “one of the most important living writers in English.

Allen Ginsberg

b. 1926 d. 1997

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) is cherished as the pivotal figure between the 50s Beat Generation and the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s.

Andrew Greig

b. 1951

Andrew Greig's second collection Men on Ice in 1977 changed his life.

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 be silly, scary, funny, sad and exciting all at

David Gascoyne

b. 1916 d. 2001

David Gascoyne (1916-2001) was born in Harrow, the son of a bank manager, and educated at Salisbury Cathedral School.

Dawn Garisch

b. 1958

Dawn Garisch has had five novels, a collection of poetry Difficult Gifts and a memoir/popular science work Eloquent Body published. Both short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies, journals and magazines.

Denis Glover

b. 1912 d. 1980

Denis Glover emerged as a poet in New Zealand in the 1930s, one of the new artistic generation of modernists and nationalists.

Harry Guest

b. 1932

Harry Guest was born in Wales in 1932. After four years at Malvern College, he read Modern Languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, before attending the Sorbonne, where he wrote a thesis on Stéphane Mallarmé.

Ivor Gurney

b. 1890 d. 1937

Ivor Gurney suffered periods of mental ill health before the First World War, but his condition had deteriorated significantly by the end of the conflict. He had joined up after initially being rejected and was subsequently wounded and gassed.

Kelly Grovier

b. 1968

Kelly Grovier (b. 1968) grew up in America and was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lavinia Greenlaw

b. 1962

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her teenage years were spent in a village in Essex.

Linda Gregg

b. 1942

Linda Gregg [b. 1942], though born in New York, grew up in the woods of Marin County, California, the first of many landscapes that were to influence her work. She attended San Francisco State University, gaining her Masters there in 1972.

Lorna Goodison

b. 1947

Lorna Goodison is one of the finest Caribbean poets of her generation and lauded as such by Kwame Dawes in the Caribbean Writer: "Superlatives glint all over commentary on Lorna Goodison's work... she is now one of the greatest!"

Peter Goldsworthy

b. 1951

Peter Goldsworthy (b. 1951) has been described as "one of the most skilled and satisfying poets in Australia," (A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry). Born in Minlaton, S.

Philip Gross

b. 1952

Philip Gross was born in Delabole, north Cornwall, as the only child of a wartime Displaced Person from Estonia and the village schoolmaster's daughter. He grew up in Plymouth, studied English at Sussex University, and began writing in the 1980s.

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.

Rebecca Goss

b. 1974

Rebecca Goss has described poetry as ‘an invitation to look very closely at something’, and her refined, spare style certainly supports this idea; as Val McDermid has written, ‘[her] language is precise and evocative, the images sharp as a photogr

Robert Graves

b. 1895 d. 1985

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a writer of extraordinary breadth whose output ranges from a classic account of his First World War experiences, Goodbye to All That, through the "potboiler" (his own term) success of I, Claudius, to the

Ruth Gilbert

b. 1917

In the 1950s and 60s Ruth Gilbert received more than her fair share of male condescension and negativity. Reviewing The Luthier (which won the Jessie Mackay Memorial Award for Verse along with James K.

Thom Gunn

b. 1929 d. 2004

Thom Gunn (1929-2004) is a poet whose work thrives on contrast and contradiction: English tradition and American idiom; strict form and free verse; intellectual discipline and physical hedonism are all held in balance in his risk-taking poetry.

Thomas Gray

b. 1716 d. 1771

Written over several years in the 1740s, Gray’s elegy was eventually published in 1751 and enjoyed phenomenal popularity for the next two hundred years.

Valerie Gillies

b. 1948

Valerie Gillies’ poems are of a startling clarity.

Vona Groarke

b. 1964

Vona Groarke is one of the leading Irish poets of her generation. Born in Mostrim, Ireland, she studied at Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork.

W. S. Graham

b. 1918 d. 1986

W. S. Graham (1918-1986) was neglected in his own lifetime but his reputation as a major modernist romantic has been growing steadily since his death, with the help of influential champions such as Harold Pinter and Michael Schmidt.