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Carol Rumens

b. 1944

Carol Rumens, née Lumley, was born in Forest Hill, South London. She won a scholarship to grammar school, and later studied Philosophy at London University, but left before completing her degree.

Carole Satyamurti

b. 1939 d. 2019

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

Caroline Caddy

b. 1944

Caroline Caddy was born in Perth, Western Australia, 1944 and spent her childhood in the United States of America and Japan. Since then Caroline has lived much of her life in Western Australia, where she raised two children.

Carolyn Forché

b. 1950

Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit in 1950, her mother was a Czech-American journalist, her father a tool and die maker.

Catherine Byron

b. 1947

Catherine Byron is an Irish poet who often collaborates with visual and sound artists.

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 Boyle

b. 1951

Charles Boyle was born in Leeds, and worked in for a long time in publishing, including fourteen years at Faber and Faber.

Charles Brasch

b. 1909 d. 1973

Charles Brasch belonged to a generation of New Zealand poets who, rising to prominence in the 1940s, expressed anxieties that, while personal and pākehā (non-Māori), seemed endemic to both the nation and the century.

Charles Causley

b. 1917 d. 2003

Charles Causley (1917-2003) was born and brought up in Launceston, Cornwall and lived there for most of his life. When he was only seven his father died from wounds sustained during the First World War.

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.

Charles Tomlinson

b. 1927 d. 2015

Charles Tomlinson, since his first publication in 1951, built a career that saw more notice in the international scene than in his native England; this may explain, and be explained by, his international vision of poetry.

Charles Wolfe

b. 1791 d. 1823

Charles Wolfe was an Irish priest and poet who is best remembered for this extremely popular elegy, which has appeared in many anthologies of poetry throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Charles Wright

b. 1935

Charles Wright [b. 1935] is a poet whose work "catches the visible world at that endless moment before it trails into eternity" [Philip Levine].

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.

Charlotte Smith

b. 1749 d. 1806

Charlotte Turner was born in 1749 into the landed gentry.

Chidiock Tichborne

b. 1562 d. 1586

Chidiock Tichborne was part of the Babington plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. When the Protestant Elizabeth came to the throne, Catholics such as Tichborne had a degree of freedom to practise their faith.

Choman Hardi

b. 1974

Choman Hardi is the seventh and youngest child of Kurdish poet Ahmed Hardi. After several stages of forced displacement, she was granted refugee status in England in 1993.

Chris McCabe

b. 1977

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

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

b. 1934

Chris Wallace-Crabbe was born in 1934. His father was a journalist and his mother a pianist, and he describes his family tradition as 'military-bohemian Scots'.

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

Christian Campbell

b. 1979

Christian Campbell’s debut collection, Running the Dusk, was published to international critical acclaim in 2010.

Christina Rossetti

b. 1830 d. 1894

Many readers first come across Christina Rossetti as the writer of the words of the carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter', or the deceptively simple, but actually strange and powerful, fairy tale in verse, Goblin Market.

Christine De Luca

b. 1946

Scottish poet and novelist Christine De Luca was born and raised in Shetland. She writes in both English and Shetland Dialect, the latter a form of Old Scots with much Norse influence.

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.

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.