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Spektrix Ref 1: WC190524


Sunday 19 May, 3:00pm


Doors 2:30pm | Reading 3:00pm, ends 4:00pm, no interval

Tickets £20 / £10 (under 25)


Wendy Cope, poet & reader


Wendy Cope's witty lyrics and pitch-perfect parodies have gained her a readership far beyond many of her peers. Raised in Kent, she earned a BA in history and trained as a teacher at Oxford University. She taught in primary schools for many years before publishing her first book of poetry Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), which sold tens of thousands of copies in the UK and revealed Cope’s remarkable talents for parody, word play and the use of humour to address grave topics. In the Los Angeles Review of Books, critic and poet A.M. Juster wrote, 'one has to go back to Byron to find a poet as consistently witty, wide-ranging, and technically outstanding as Cope'


Her poetry collections include Serious Concerns (1992); If I Don’t Know (2001), shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award; Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979–2006 (2008); Family Values (2011); Christmas Poems (2017), a collection of new and previously published Christmas-themed work; and Anecdotal Evidence (2018). She is the author of the prose collection Life, Love and the Archers (2015) and two books for children, Twiddling Your Thumbs (1988) and The River Girl (1991), and the editor of numerous anthologies, includingThe Faber Book of Bedtime Stories (1999). Her work has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and in 2010 she was appointed OBE for services to literature. She lives in Ely with her husband, the poet and critic Lachlan Mackinnon.