Brian Patten is one of the most accessible and popular poets working today. He made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. His individual strength within this trio lay in his ability to write and perform a powerful mix of serious and humorous work. Their joint anthology, The Mersey Sound (1967), has been credited as the most significant anthology of the twentieth century for its success in bringing poetry to new audiences and is now in Penguin Modern Classics.
He has published over forty books and his poems are translated into many European languages. They include Collected Love Poems (HarperCollins) and Selected Poems (Penguin Books) His books for children include The Story Giant, Gargling With Jelly, and Juggling With Gerbils. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
He will be speaking at the Charles Causley: Influence and Legacy symposium in December as part of a public evening event. Described as a writer with a “magic ability to turn radiant imagination loose” by The Times, Patten was greatly admired by Causley who remarked that he “reveals a sensibility profoundly aware of the ever-present possibility of the magical and the miraculous, as well as of the granite-hard realities. These are undiluted poems, beautifully calculated, informed – even in their darkest moments – with courage and hope.”
Charles Causley symposium 2014: Influence and legacy