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Amy Levy

b. 1861 d. 1889

Amy Levy was one of seven children born to a wealthy Anglo‑Jewish family. She was in many ways a pioneering woman, becoming the first Jewish woman ever to study at Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1879.

Amy Lowell

b. 1874 d. 1925

Amy Lowell was born into an affluent Massachusetts family and educated at home and in private schools in Boston. Her financial resources helped her develop a liberated and unconventional lifestyle.

Anthony Lawrence

b. 1957

Anthony Lawrence was born in 1957 in Tamworth. He left school early, taking up work as a Jackeroo, going on to work as a landscape gardener, fisherman and truck driver.

Christopher Logue

b. 1926 d. 2011

Christopher Logue (1926 - 2011) spent over forty years working on his contemporary version of Homer's Iliad. Begun in 1959 the project expanded into five full-length collections, known collectively as War Music.

D. H. Lawrence

b. 1885 d. 1930

A miner’s son from Nottingham, Lawrence was a prolific writer of short stories, essays, poems and novels before his death at the age of forty‑four in 1930.

Dennis Lee

b. 1939

Dennis Lee (b. 1939) has written more than thirty books of poetry for adults and children and been awarded many prizes for his writing.

Frances Leviston

b. 1982

Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982 and grew up in Sheffield. She read English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2006.

Gary Langford

b. 1947

Gary Langford (b. 1947, Christchurch) is a New Zealand poet and author with more than forty books to his name, including sixteen volumes of poetry.

Geoffrey Lehmann

b. 1940

Geoffrey Lehmann was born in Sydney in 1940, his childhood was spent at McMahon's Point on Sydney Harbour.  Educated at Anglican schools, Lehmann went on to study arts and law, graduating from the University of Sydney in 1960 and 1963 respectively

Gwyneth Lewis

b. 1959

Gwyneth Lewis is one of the most prominent Welsh poets of her generation, and the first writer to take up the Welsh Laureateship.

Hannah Lowe

b. 1976

‘Every now and again there arrives at a poetry magazine a poem that clearly announces a new voice… with something to say, and in brilliant command of the means of saying it’, said The Rialto editor Michael Mackim of reading Hannah Lowe’s

James Lasdun

b. 1958

James Lasdun is  a rare example of a writer whose success has manifested itself across genres.

John Lyons

b. 1933

John Lyons is a painter and poet, born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. When he was nine, his mother died after a short illness and he and his three siblings moved to rural Tobago to live with his grandmother.

Laurence Lerner

b. 1925 d. 2016

Witty and warm, expressed in musical but plain language, Laurence Lerner’s poems cast an intelligent and human eye over the lives we variously lead.

Laurie Lee

b. 1914 d. 1997

Laurie Lee (1914-1997) is famous for the life he wrote about so engagingly in three volumes of autobiography, but his first love was always poetry, a passion that left its mark on his precise and lyrical prose.

Li-Young Lee

b. 1957

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957) draws on his Chinese-American heritage in his poems, in particular his early experience of exile and migration.

Mary Leapor

b. 1722 d. 1746

In spite of needing to earn a living as a kitchen maid and her death from measles at the age of twenty‑four, Mary Leapor left behind a substantial body of work.

Melissa Lee-Houghton

b. 1982

Fearless, naked and knowing, Melissa Lee-Houghton’s poems square up to the wildest reaches of our emotional lives. Hers is a poetry of excess, of the beautiful mess and complex depths of life as it is variously lived.

Michael Laskey

b. 1944

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Michael Longley

b. 1939

Michael Longley (b.1939, Belfast) is a central figure in contemporary Irish poetry.

Nick Laird

b. 1975

Combining edgy vernacular and blunt reportage with a delicate lyricism, Nick Laird’s poems delight, surprise and unnerve.

Philip Larkin

b. 1922 d. 1985

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) is a poet whose very name conjures up a specific persona: the gloomy, death-obsessed and darkly humorous observer of human foibles and failings.

Philip Levine

b. 1934

The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Philip Levine grew up in industrial Detroit during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

RF Langley

b. 1938 d. 2011

R. F. Langley (1938-2011), was not a prolific poet, but his work was noticed as long ago as 1979 by Jeff Nuttall, in his column in the Guardian, for its "sense of rhythm, sound and ...a concentrated spirit of immense impact".

Robert Lowell

b. 1917 d. 1977

Robert Lowell (1917-1977) packed a huge amount into his sixty years: a rollercoaster of triumphs and disasters that informed his writing and pushed back the boundaries of what was deemed suitable subject matter for poetry.