poet and translator from Old English, born in Buckinghamshire, educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. His collections include The Rain‐Giver (1972), The Dream‐House (1976), Time's Oriel (1983), Waterslain (1986), the title work of which is a sequence of 25 poems vividly evoking a village and its people, The Painting‐Room (1988), and Selected Poems (2001). His translations include The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems (1965), Beowulf (1968), Storm and other Old English Riddles (1970), The Exeter Book Riddles (1978), and The Old English Elegies (1988). Although he has travelled widely, his work is drawn towards the landscape, history, and legend of East Anglia, particularly to the ‘marsh, mud, creeks, shifting sand’ of its coastline. East Anglian folk tales and Norse myths also feature in his works for children.