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Algernon Swinburne

b. 1837 d. 1909

Swinburne came from an aristocratic background and drew on a wide range of influences and interests from an early age, including Elizabethan dramatists, Greek and Latin poets and French writers.

Anne Sexton

b. 1928 d. 1974

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) is often grouped with such poets as Sylvia Plath, John Berryman and Robert Lowell as a leading figure in the so-called 'Confessional Movement'.

Anne Stevenson

b. 1933

Anne Stevenson, inaugural winner of the Northern Rock Writers Award in 2002, was born in England of American parents in 1933 and educated in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where her father was professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan.

C. H. Sisson

b. 1914 d. 2003

C. H. Sisson died in 2003 at the age of 89. He was known as a critic, political theorist, poet, novelist, and translator. He was a great friend of the critic and writer Donald Davie, with whom he corresponded regularly.

C. K. Stead

b. 1932

Christian Karlson Stead (b.

Carole Satyamurti

b. 1939

Carole Satyamurti is a poet and sociologist. She grew up in Kent, and has lived in North America, Singapore and Uganda.

Catherine Smith

b. 1962

Through direct, colloquial language and often intense imagery, Catherine Smith invites the reader into a world at once familiar and unsettling.

Charles Simic

b. 1938

Charles Simic (b. 1938) grew up in Belgrade in former Yugoslavia, a childhood in which "Hitler and Stalin taught us the basics". A new life began in 1954 when he and his mother were allowed to join his father in the United States.

Charlotte Smith

b. 1749 d. 1806

Charlotte Turner was born in 1749 into the landed gentry.

Christopher Smart

b. 1722 d. 1771

Christopher Smart was born in 1722 and is best remembered for his religious poems A Song to David and Jubilate Agno, both of which were written during his time at St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics, London.

Dorothea Smartt

b. 1963

Dorothea Smartt is a stunning performance artist and poet.

Edith Sitwell

b. 1887 d. 1964

Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was born into an aristocratic family and, along with her brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell, had a significant impact on the artistic life of the 20s.

Edmund Spenser

b. 1553 d. 1599

Edmund Spenser is often mentioned alongside Shakespeare, Marlowe and Donne as one of the greatest poets of the Elizabethan period.

Elizabeth Smither

b. 1941

Wittiness and cleverness are hallmarks of Elizabeth Smither’s poems.

Fiona Sampson

b. 1963

Fiona Sampson was born in London, and grew up in the West Country, on the west coast of Wales and in Gloucestershire.

Fred Sedgwick

b. 1945

Fred Sedgwick writes thoughtful, funny poetry for children, taking in as he does so a wide range of subjects and locations.

George Szirtes

b. 1948

George Szirtes (b. 1948) came to England in 1956 as a refugee from Hungary. He was brought up in London, going on to study fine art in London and Leeds.

Gerald Stern

b. 1925

Son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Gerald Stern grew up in Pittsburgh, in a house with no books.

Greta Stoddart

b. 1966

Greta Stoddart was born in Henley-on-Thames, and grew up in Oxford and Belgium.

Jacob Sam-La Rose

b. 1976

Jacob Sam-La Rose (born 8th June 1976) is a poet, educator and editor. His enthusiasm for using poetry as a tool for education and interaction has made him a renowned and inspirational figure in the poetry and educational communities alike.

Jean Sprackland

b. 1962

Jean Sprackland (b. 1962) is the author of five collections of poems and, in Strands, a series of haunting and evocative meditations prompted by walking on wild, estuarial beaches in the northwest of England.

Jo Shapcott

b. 1953

Jo Shapcott (b.1953) is from London but traces her family roots to the former mining communities of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

Jon Stallworthy

b. 1935 d. 2014

Jon Stallworthy was educated at Dragon School, Rugby School, and Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Poetry Prize while playing rugby for the University, and is held a post as Emeritus Professor of English.

Jonathan Swift

b. 1667 d. 1745

Born in Ireland in 1667, Swift spent much of his adult life in England. He was actively involved in politics, and in his self-penned epitaph describes himself as a ‘champion of liberty’.

Karin Schimke

b. 1968

Karin Schimke is a widely published journalist and columnist, and the Cape Times books editor.