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Jenny Joseph is one of Britain’s best-loved poets, and the author of numerous poetry collections, books for children and volumes of prose. She was born in Birmingham and studied English at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, and subsequently worked as a newspaper reporter, a pub landlady and a freelance lecturer.

Her first collection of poetry, called The Unlooked-for Season, was awarded a Gregory Award, and she won a Cholmondeley Award for her second, Rose in the Afternoon. She later won the James Tait Black Prize for fiction for Persephone, a work of prose and verse. Since then she has written collections of prose and poetry, and a garden book for the literary-minded called Led by the Nose, which describes a year in her garden through the different smells of each month's plants.

Her most famous poem is ‘Warning’, which has twice been voted Britain’s favourite poem of the 20th Century, has been reproduced throughout the world and translated into many languages. Jenny is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives and writes in a village in Gloucestershire.