Wendy Cope(1945-), Teacher, writer and poet
Wendy Mary Cope
Sitter in 1 portrait
Poet. Born in Kent, Cope read History at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She began her career as a teacher in London primary schools (1967-81), later working as a freelance writer and television columnist for the Spectator (1986-90). Cope's first volume of poetry, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was published in 1986 and her third volume If I Don't Know was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award in 2001. Cope's use of everyday observations coupled with humorous lyrics has led to public as well as critical appeal. Cope's book Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 was published in June 2008.
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