poet, born in Liverpool. He worked as a teacher before becoming a member of the music/poetry group the Scaffold, where he developed the emphasis on performance poetry which became a hallmark of his style. In 1967 he published (with Patten and Henri) The Mersey Sound; this was followed by another group work, The New Volume (1983). He has written many volumes of poetry for both adults and children, as well as fiction and plays, distinguished by high spirits, wit, and accessibility. His collections of poetry include Watchwords (1969), In the Glassroom (1976), Sky in the Pie (1983), Bad, Bad Cats (1997), and Collected Poems (2003). Said and Done: The Autobiography was published in 2005.