Poet Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent, England 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. She became
Arts and Reviews editor 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. Wendy Cope
is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Winchester, England.