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Adrian Mitchell

b. 1932 d. 2008

Adrian Mitchell (1932 - 2008) was a hugely prolific writer, the author of a great number of novels, plays and poems, for adults and, increasingly, for children - he wrote that "more and more of my time is spent writing for children.

Andrew Marvell

b. 1621 d. 1678

Andrew Marvell was born near Kingston Upon Hull in 1621, the son of a priest.

Andrew Motion

b. 1952

Andrew Motion (b.1952) read English at Oxford University where he won the Newdigate Prize and studied the work of Edward Thomas, an abiding influence.

Bill Manhire

b. 1946

Bill Manhire (b. 1946) was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, and joined the English Department at Victoria University, Wellington, in 1973, where he has held a Personal Chair since 1997.

Brian Moses

b. 1950

Brian Moses (b. 1950) is one of Britain's favourite children's poets, for both his own poetry and the anthologies he has edited, and he has performed in over two thousand schools across the UK and Europe.

Charlotte Mew

b. 1869 d. 1928

Charlotte Mew was surrounded by mental ill health and death from a young age. Three brothers died while she was still a child and two other siblings were committed to mental institutions.

Chris McCabe

b. 1977

Chris McCabe (b. 1977) is a widely-published poet and Joint Librarian of the Poetry Library in London.

Christopher Marlowe

b. 1564 d. 1593

Marlowe is believed to have written all his poems and translations as a young man studying at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was born in 1564, the same year as Shakespeare, and was the son of a shoemaker.

Christopher Middleton

b. 1926 d. 2015

Christopher Middleton (1926 - 2015) is best known for his poems, short prose, essays, and translations. He served in the RAF from 1944 to 1948, then attended Merton College, Oxford.

Cilla McQueen

b. 1949

Born in Birmingham, England, Cilla McQueen moved to New Zealand when she was four years old.

David Morley

b. 1964

David Morley is an ecologist, poet, editor and teacher.

David Musgrave

b. 1965

David Musgrave (b. 1965) traces his ancestry to English and Irish convicts and free settlers who came to Australia in the early nineteenth century.

E A Markham

b. 1939 d. 2008

E A Markham (1939-2008) had a career that embraced the range of literary life, and more.

Edwin Morgan

b. 1920 d. 2010

Edwin Morgan (1920 - 2010) was born and educated in Glasgow, where he returned to lecture in English Literature at Glasgow University after a period in the army.

Esther Morgan

b. 1970

Esther Morgan was born in 1970 in Kidderminster. After reading English at Newnham College, Cambridge, she worked as a volunteer at the Wordsworth Trust, which is where she started writing poetry.

George Meredith

b. 1828 d. 1909

George Meredith was a Victorian poet, author and journalist.

Glyn Maxwell

b. 1962

Born in Welwyn Garden City, England, to Welsh parents in 1962, Glyn Maxwell was educated at Oxford University and Boston University, where he studied poetry and theatre with Derek Walcott.

Hannah More

b. 1745 d. 1833

Hannah More’s poem was written in support of William Wilberforce’s campaign to abolish slavery. A passionate, poetic explanation of the anti-abolitionists’ argument, this extract is part of a 294‑line poem.

Heather McHugh

b. 1948

Heather McHugh (b. 1948) was brought up in rural Virginia.

Helen Mort

b. 1985

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield, grew in Derbyshire, and studied Social and Political Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Hugh MacDiarmid

b. 1892 d. 1978

Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978) remains a controversial and influential figure.

Ian McMillan

b. 1956

Ian McMillan (b. 1956) is one of the UK's best known contemporary poets.

J D McClatchy

b. 1945

J D McClatchy (b. 1945) is one of America's foremost poet-critics.

J.O. Morgan

b. 1978

J.O. Morgan lives on a small farm in the Scottish Borders. He is the author of six collections of poetry, each a single book-length poem.

Jack Mapanje

b. 1944

Jack Mapanje (b.