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Poet Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent in 1945 and read History at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She trained as a teacher at Westminster College of Education, Oxford, and taught in primary schools in London (1967-81 and 1984-6). She became Arts and Reviews editor for Contact, the Inner London Education Authority magazine, and continued to teach part-time, before becoming a freelance writer in 1986. She was television critic for The Spectator magazine until 1990.

She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1987 and was awarded the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse (American Academy of Arts and Letters) in 1995. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns (1992) and If I Don't Know (2001), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award. She has edited a number of poetry anthologies including The Orchard Book of Funny Poems (1993), Is That The New Moon? (1989), The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems (1998) and The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories (1999) and Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems (2001). She is also the author of two books for children, Twiddling Your Thumbs (1988) and The River Girl (1991).

Wendy Cope is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Winchester, England. In 1998 she was the listeners' choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate.

Her latest book, Two Cures for Love (2008) is a selection of previous poems with notes, together with new poems. Buy Wendy Cope's books from Blackwells

Wendy Cope Reads


Across the City   Priapus Press (limited edition), 1980

Hope and the 42   Other Branch Readings, 1984

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis   Faber and Faber, 1986

Poem from a Colour Chart of House Paints   (limited edition)   Priapus Press, 1986

Does She Like Word Games?   Anvil Press Poetry, 1988

Men and Their Boring Arguments   Wykeham, 1988

Twiddling Your Thumbs   Faber and Faber, 1988

Is That the New Moon?   (editor)   HarperCollins, 1989

The River Girl   Faber and Faber, 1991

Serious Concerns   Faber and Faber, 1992

The Faber Book of Drink, Drinkers and Drinking   (contributor)   Faber and Faber, 1993

The Orchard Book of Funny Poems   (editor)   Orchard, 1993

The Squirrel and the Crow   Prospero Poets, 1994

Poems 1   (contributor)   Addison Wesley Longman, 1995

Another Day on Your Foot and I Would Have Died   (contributor)   Macmillan, 1996

Casting a Spell   (contributor)   Faber and Faber, 1996

Marigolds Grow Wild on Platforms: An Anthology of Railway Poetry   (contributor)   Ward Lock, 1996

Over the Moon: Championship Football Poems   (contributor)   Red Fox, 1996

A Draft of XXX Cantos   (contributor)   Faber and Faber, 1997

Dear Future: A Time Capsule of Poems   (contributor)   Hodder & Stoughton, 1997

Evergreen Verse   (contributor)   Dent, 1997

For All Occasions   (contributor)   Methuen, 1997

Funnybones   (contributor)   CollinsEducational, 1998

Silly Bones   (contributor)   Scholastic, 1998

The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems   (editor)   Faber and Faber, 1998

The Epic Poise: A Celebration of Ted Hughes   (contributor)   Faber and Faber, 1999

The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories   (editor)   Faber and Faber, 1999

Big Orchard Book of Funny Poems   (editor)   Orchard, 2000

Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems   (editor)   Faber and Faber, 2001

If I Don't Know   Faber and Faber, 2001

Is That The New Moon?: Poems by Women Poets   (selector)   Collins, 2002

George Herbert: Verse and Prose   (selecton)


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