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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.

James Berry

b. 1924 d. 2017

James Berry (1924 - 2017) spent his childhood in a village in Jamaica, before working in the United States, finally settling in Britain in 1948 where he remained for the rest of his 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.

James Fenton

b. 1949

James Fenton (b. 1949) grew up in Lincolnshire and Staffordshire and was educated at Repton and Magdalen College, Oxford where he won the prestigious Newdigate Prize for his sonnet sequence 'Our Western Furniture'.

James Lasdun

b. 1958

James Lasdun is  a rare example of a writer whose success has manifested itself across genres.

James Matthews

b. 1929

James Matthews, poet, writer and publisher, has produced five books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a novel and an anthology of poetry, which he edited.

Jamie McKendrick

b. 1955

Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, and lives in Oxford, where he teaches part-time and reviews poetry and the visual arts for a number of newspapers and magazines.

Jan Kemp

b. 1949

Jan Kemp was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1949. She was the sole woman anthologized in The Young New Zealand Poets (1973), and in 1979 co-starred with Alistair Campbell, Hone Tuwhare, and Sam Hunt on a national poetry-reading tour.

Jan Owen

b. 1940

Jan Owen, born in Adelaide in 1940, traces her lineage back through generations of Welsh seafarers and Cornish miners. She studied arts and librarianship and raised three children before claiming time to write and travel.

Jane Draycott

b. 1954

Jane Draycott studied at King's College London and Bristol, where she took a postgraduate degree in Medieval English Literature. Her most recent poetry collection, Over, (Carcanet, 2009) was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.

Jane Duran

b. 1944

Jane Duran (b. 1944) is a writer whose work is often preoccupied with memory and exile.

Jane Hirshfield

b. 1953

Jane Hirshfield (b. 1953, USA) is the author of six books of poetry, several translations and two collections of essays. Her most recent volume After, on being published in both the US and UK, was nominated for the UK's T. S.

Jane McKie

b. 1967

Jane McKie’s is a poetry of wonder.

Jane Weir

b. 1963

Jane Weir is an Anglo-Italian writer and designer.

Jane Yeh

b. 1971

Jane Yeh is an American poet who has lived in England for over a decade.

Janet Frame

b. 1924 d. 2004

Known primarily as a prose-writer, Janet Frame’s passion since the age of nine was for poetry.

Jean Binta Breeze

b. 1956

Jean 'Binta' Breeze (b. 1956) was brought up by her grandparents who were peasant farmers in rural Jamaica.

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.

Jean Valentine

b. 1934

Jean Valentine was born in 1934 in Chicago, Illinois and has lived most of her life in New York City. In 1964, her first collection Dream Barker was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Jen Hadfield

b. 1978

In 2008, Jen Hadfield became the youngest person to win the TS Eliot Prize with her collection Nigh-No-Place.

Jenny Joseph

b. 1932 d. 2018

Jenny Joseph (1932 - 2018) was originally from Birmingham but her first remembered home was in leafy Buckinghamshire. She read English at St Hilda's College Oxford.

Jeremy Hooker

b. 1941

Jeremy Hooker (b. 1941) grew up in Warsash near Southampton, and the landscape of this region has remained an important source of inspiration. Many of his poems were written in Wales, where he has lived for long periods of his life.

Jim Carruth

b. 1963

Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, in 1963. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm near Kilbarchan, and studied for a degree in Geology at Glasgow University.

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.