poet, educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She trained as a teacher at Westminster College, Oxford, and was television columnist for the Spectator from 1986 to 1990. A gifted parodist, her first collection of poetry, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), was an instant success, establishing her as a skilfully subversive humorist able to use traditional verse forms to effective satirical purpose. Other collections include Serious Concerns (1992) and If I Don't Know (2001). She has also edited a collection of poems by women writers, Is That the New Moon? (1989), and published poems for children.