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Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English poet. Born near Liverpool's docks, he attended Sefton Park School in the Smithdown Road area of Liverpool, where he was noted for his essays and greatly encouraged in his work by Harry Sutcliffe his form teacher. He left school at fifteen and began work for The Bootle Times writing a column on popular music. One of his first articles was on Roger McGough and Adrian Henri, two pop-oriented Liverpool Poets who later joined Patten in a best-selling poetry anthology called The Mersey Sound, drawing popular attention to his own contemporary collections Little Johnny's Confession (1967) and Notes to the Hurrying Man (1969). Patten received early encouragement from Philip Larkin.

The collections Storm Damage (1988) and Armada (1996) are more varied, the latter featuring a sequence of poems concerning the death of his mother and memories of his childhood. Armada is perhaps Patten's most mature and formal book, dispensing with much of the playfulness of former work. He has also written comic verse for children, notably Gargling With Jelly and Thawing Frozen Frogs.

Patten's style is generally lyrical and his subjects are primarily love and relationships. His 1981 collection Love Poems draws together his best work in this area from the previous sixteen years. Tribune has described Patten as "the master poet of his genre, taking on the intricacies of love and beauty with a totally new approach, new for him and for contemporary poetry." Charles Causley once commented 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."

Patten is now regarded as one of Britain's leading contemporary poets, writing extensively for children as well as adults. He has been described as a highly engaging performer, [1] [2] and gives readings frequently. Over the years he has read alongside such poets as Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Stevie Smith, Laurie Lee, and Robert Lowell.

His books have in recent years been translated into Italian, Spanish, German and Polish. His children's novel Mr Moon's Last Case won a special award from the Mystery Writers of America Guild. In 2002 Patten accepted the Cholmondeley Award for services to poetry. Together with Roger McGough and the late Adrian Henri, he was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

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Total Books: 113
Gargling with Jelly A Collection of Poems
2015 - Gargling with Jelly a Collection of Poems [Puffin poetry] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141362953
ISBN-10: 0141362952
Genres: Children's Books, Reference

Can I Come Too
2014 - Can I Come Too (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781561457960
ISBN-10: 1561457965
Genre: Children's Books

The Big SnuggleUp
2011 - The Big Snuggleup (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781610670364
ISBN-10: 1610670361
Genre: Children's Books
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The Most Impossible Parents
2010 - The Most Impossible Parents [Racing Reads] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406321869
ISBN-10: 1406321869

2009 - Armada (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780007333752
ISBN-10: 0007333757

The Mersey Sound
2007 - The Mersey Sound (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141189260
ISBN-10: 0141189266

Collected Love Poems
2007 - Collected Love Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780007246496
ISBN-10: 0007246498
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Selected Poems
2007 - Selected Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141027135
ISBN-10: 0141027134

Rhieni Hanner Call a Gwyrdd
2005 - Rhieni Hanner Call a Gwyrdd [Ar Wib] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843235132
ISBN-10: 1843235137

Rhieni Hanner Call
2005 - Rhieni Hanner Call (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843234838
ISBN-10: 1843234831

Kleines Hotsch Potsch
2005 - Kleines Hotsch Potsch (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783827050755
ISBN-10: 3827050758

Little Hotchpotch
2005 - Little Hotchpotch [Bloomsbury Paperbacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780747550334
ISBN-10: 0747550336
Genre: Children's Books

The Story Giant
2004 - The Story Giant (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780007119431
ISBN-10: 0007119437
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

The Monsters' Guide to Choosing a Pet
2004 - The Monsters' Guide to Choosing a Pet (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780141380629
ISBN-10: 0141380624
Genre: Children's Books

Thawing Frozen Frogs
2003 - Thawing Frozen Frogs [Puffin Poetry] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141316512
ISBN-10: 0141316519
Genre: Children's Books

Ben's Magic Telescope
2003 - Ben's Magic Telescope (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140568073
ISBN-10: 0140568077

Five FingerPiglets
2003 - Five Fingerpiglets (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780333712634
ISBN-10: 0333712633

Pacific Radio Fire
2002 - Pacific Radio Fire [The Rue Bella] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780953671069
ISBN-10: 0953671062

Impossible Parents
2002 - Impossible Parents [Sprinters] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780744590227
ISBN-10: 0744590221
Genre: Children's Books

Story Giant
2001 - Story Giant (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780007119417
ISBN-10: 0007119410
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

Impossible Parents Go Green
2001 - Impossible Parents Go Green [Sprinters] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780744578812
ISBN-10: 0744578817
Genre: Children's Books

2000 - Juggling with Gerbils [Puffin Poetry] (Paperback)
1999 - Beowulf and the Monster [Everystory S.] (Paperback)
1998 - Mouse Poems [Read with] (Paperback)
1997 - Mr Moon's Last Case [Picture Puffins] (Paperback)
1987 - Jelly Pie [Puffin Cover to Cover Story Tape] (Paperback)
1986 - Gargling with Jelly [Puffin Books] (Paperback)
1977 - The Sly Cormorant and the Three Fishes [Viking Kestrel picture books] (Hardcover)
1977 - Jumping Mouse [Picture Puffin] (Paperback)
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