Jenkins (The Rt Hon Lord Jenkins), Roy

Roy Jenkins was heavily involved in politics throughout his life, overseeing the reform of laws concerning capital and corporal punishment, homosexuality, divorce, abortion and race relations during his time in parliament. He is, to date, the first and only Briton to be head of the European Commission. Jenkins wrote a great many biographies of politicians; […]

James, (Baroness James of Holland Park, P.D.)

Phyllis Dorothy James, born August 3 1920, was one of England’s most prolific and accomplished crime writers. Her first novel, published in 1962, was called Cover Her Face and featured the poet and detective Adam Dalgleish, who was to become her best known hero. Her books sold millions of copies and several were adapted for television and film. […]

Kwesi Johnson, Linton

Linton Kweis Johnson is a Jamaican dub poet and activist who has been based in the United Kingdom since 1963. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. His performance poetry involves the recitation of his own verse in Jamaican patois […]

Jamie, Kathleen

As I write this (in July 2015) I’ve just signed off the page proofs for a new book of poems, The Bonniest Companie, but had to call them back after a well-wisher pointed out an absolute howler of a typo. So much for my attentive reading! The book consists in 45 or so loose-limbed pieces, written […]