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John Watson

b. 1939

John Watson was born in 1939 in the Bland district in NSW. He went on to study mathematics at the University of Sydney and worked as a high-school maths teacher for thirty years until taking early retirement at fifty-five.

John Whitworth

b. 1945 d. 2019

John Whitworth (1945-2019) was an English poet who was born in India.

John Wilmot Earl of Rochester

b. 1647 d. 1680

John Wilmot was born in 1647, the son of Henry Wilmot, a celebrated Royalist who had led the cavalry at the Battle of Edgehill.

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 Edwards

b. 1979

Jonathan Edwards was born in Newport, South Wales and grew up in Crosskeys. He received a BA in English and American Literature and an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, and now teaches English at a secondary school in Monmouth.

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’.

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 Beveridge

b. 1956

Judith Beveridge (born 1956) migrated with her family from London to Sydney in 1960 where she has lived ever since.

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.

Julia Bird

b. 1971

Julia Bird's poetry explores modern life with both precise observation and cinematic sweep.

Julia Copus

b. 1969

Julia Copus was born in London in 1969 and grew up in a house with three brothers who were learning to play musical instruments.

Justin Quinn

b. 1968

Justin Quinn’s poems are formal in the very best sense, finding rhythms and rhymes to match the complexities and intimacies of our lives and the world in which we live them.

Kamau Brathwaite

b. 1930

In its insistent rhythms and vivid parsing of postcolonial histories, Kamau Brathwaite’s poetry is among the most significant to emerge from the West Indies in the last century.

Karin Schimke

b. 1968

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

Kate Tempest

b. 1985

Born in south-east London where she still lives, Kate Tempest made her live debut as a spoken-word artist at sixteen.

Katherine Philips

b. 1632 d. 1664

Katherine Philips started writing soon after her marriage in 1647, aged sixteen, to James Philips.

Kathleen Jamie

b. 1962

Kathleen Jamie spent much of her early poetic career answering the question posed by the disapproving elders in her famous poem 'The Queen of Sheba': "whae do you think y'ur?" Across a rich and varied body of writing, Jamie has been described as a

Kathleen Raine

b. 1908 d. 2003

Kathleen Raine (1908-2003) was the author of twelve books of poetry, four of autobiography, and much scholarly work, particularly on Blake and Yeats, which prove her transcendent understanding of the art of poetry, and the art of living.

Kathryn Simmonds

b. 1972

In 2008, Kathryn Simmonds won the Forward Best First Collection Award with Sunday at the Skin Laundrette, which Michael Symmons Roberts lauded as "a remarkable debut." He praised her "expansive imagination", her "wit and humanity".

Katrina Porteous

b. 1960

Katrina Porteous was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, to parents from North East England, and grew up in County Durham, where she attended Durham High School for Girls.

Kay Ryan

b. 1945

Kay Ryan has been compared to Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore, sharing a delight in the quirks of logic and language. Because she keeps a low profile, she has been called an 'outsider' poet, a term she dismisses.

Kei Miller

b. 1978

"Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry," wrote Lorna Goodison when Kei Miller burst onto the poetry scene with his 2006 debut Kingdom of Empty Bellies.

Kelly Grovier

b. 1968

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

Kelwyn Sole

b. 1951

Kelwyn Sole is a South African poet, born in Johannesburg in 1951.

Ken Smith

b. 1938 d. 2003

Ken Smith (1938-2003) was born in Rudston, Yorkshire, the son of a farm labourer whose work meant Ken had an itinerant childhood.