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Allan Ahlberg

b. 1938

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.

Andrew Fusek Peters Children's Poems

b. 1965

Andrew Fusek Peters (b. 1965), the tallest poet in the UK, has written more than 45 books for children, two of them nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Berlie Doherty

b. 1943

Twice-winner of the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature, and one-time runner-up (no author has won the award three times), Berlie Doherty has written over 60 books including novels for children, children’s poetry, picture books and plays, as

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.

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

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.

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.

Jackie Kay- Children's Poems

b. 1961

Jackie Kay (b. 1961) is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays, whose subtle investigation into the complexities of identity have been informed by her own life.

James Berry Children's Poems

b. 1924 d. 2017

James Berry's poems take you back to the noises, sights and smells of his Jamaican childhood. James was born in 1924 in a small village surrounded by fields and fruit trees.

James Carter

b. 1959

An award-winning children’s poet, guitarist and writer-in-schools, James Carter lives with his family in Oxfordshire. He travels throughout the UK and abroad with his guitar (called Keith) to schools, libraries and festivals.

Joan Poulson


Joan Poulson grew up in south Lancashire. She works as writer, poet and visiting writer in schools.

John Foster

b. 1941

John Foster is one of the most highly regarded and successful contemporary children’s’ poets and poetry anthologists in the UK, and has countless publications to his name.

John Mole Children's Poems

b. 1941

John Mole is one of our foremost children’s poets.

Joseph Coelho


Joseph Coelho has published three books of poetry, Werewolf Club Rules – which won the 2015 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award, Overheard in a Tower Block, which was short- and longlisted for several awards in 2018, including the Carnegie

Judith Nicholls

b. 1941

Judith Nicholls (b. 1941) is one of Britain's best-known poets for children, with over 50 books published and more than 500 schools visited since 1985. She has also appeared on radio, TV, and has shared a poetry training video with Michael Rosen.

Kit Wright- Children's Poems

b. 1944

Kit Wright (b.

Mandy Coe


Based in the north-west of England, Mandy Coe writes poetry for adults and children. A Hawthornden Fellow, she is winner of several prizes, including the Ilkley and Ted Waters Memorial Prize.

Matthew Sweeney Children's Poems

b. 1952 d. 2018

Born in Donegal in Ireland, Matthew Sweeney was one of the most original poets writing for children.

Michael Rosen

b. 1946

Michael Rosen (b. 1946) says he became a children's poet by accident - "I thought I was being an ironic adult poet but children's literature 'claimed' me".

Phil Bowen

b. 1949

Growing up in the Mersey scene of the 1960s and '70s, surrounded by Mersey Beat poetry and the Beatles, Phil Bowen has developed a lively career as a poet, playwright, and performer. With well over a thousand school visits to his name, in thirty countries and to all age groups, he is well known as a poetry educator, developing resources for the Poetry Society's Poetryclass, training teachers, adults and children alike.

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.

Rachel Rooney

b. 1962

Rachel Rooney was born in London, the fifth of six children, and now lives in Brighton, Sussex. She trained and works as a special needs teacher, along with visiting schools for poetry readings and workshops.

Roald Dahl

b. 1916 d. 1990

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is one of the most successful children's writers in the world: around thirty million of his books have been sold in the U.K. alone.

Robert Hull


Robert Hull has worked with poetry in schools for many years, and has published, amongst more than forty titles, five full-length collections of poetry.

Spike Milligan

b. 1918 d. 2002

Terence Alan Milligan, known as 'Spike' (1918-2002) dedicated his life to making people laugh, through his performances on radio and television, through his poems and memoirs, and often just by being himself: in a BBC poll in 1999 he was voted "th