Poet Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent 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 (1967-81 and 1984-6).
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. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns (1992) If I Don’t Know (2001), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, and Family Values (2011). She has edited a number of poetry anthologies and she is also the author of two books for children, Twiddling Your Thumbs (1988) and The River Girl (1991).
In 2010, Cope was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Birthday Honours list, and in April of the following year, the British Library purchased Cope's archive to make available for research. This included manuscripts, reports and emails.
Wendy Cope is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Winchester, England.